Sparks Charged With Stabbing Housemate To Death

Monday, April 14, 2003
Rodney Clay Sparks
Rodney Clay Sparks

Chattanooga Police homicide detectives have charged an East 17th Street man with the fatal stabbing of his housemate early today.

Officers were called to 2715 East 17th around 4 a.m. on an
“unknown trouble” call. They were met at the door by the suspect, and
found the victim lying dead in the floor.

The suspect was taken into custody, was brought to the Police Services Center for questioning, and was
later charged with first-degree murder.

The man killed is identified as
37-year-old Michael Hyatte.

Detectives have place murder charges against 40-year-old Rodney Clay Sparks.

The two men shared the home with a woman who is the suspect's sister and
victim’s girlfriend.

This is Chattanooga’s 10th homicide of the year.


Michael Hyatte
Michael Hyatte

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