Witness Says Saddler Has Admitted To Being Involved In Renaissance Park Slaying In 2017

Monday, February 25, 2019
Devonte Saddler
Devonte Saddler

Police say Devonte Saddler has told a state's witness that he was one of three men at the scene when a woman was shot and killed at Renaissance Park on July 16, 2017.

Saddler, 23, of 2013 E. 5th St., was arrested last week on first-degree murder and especially aggravate robbery charges in the  death of Kathy Hardy.

Her husband, Shawn Hardy, jumped from a pier into the Tennessee River and was able to swim to safety.

He afterward identified Tyree Corley as the gunman who fatally shot his wife.

Corley was arrested and charged with felony murder and especially aggravated robbery. However, a week after his arrest he attempted suicide in jail and later died from his injuries.

Police are still looking for the third suspect.

Shawn Hardy said three black males were involved in the incident. He said they approached and demanded money. He said he handed over his wallet, glasses and cellphone.

He said Corley then fired three shots, including one that hit his wife.

Police said a witness reported seeing three black males in a "brisk" and "determined" walk leaving Renaissance Park just after the shooting. They were caught on video at 100 Cherokee Blvd. getting in a white Dodger Charger. Police said the Charger was stopped on W. 38th Street a few hours before the shooting. There were three black males inside, including Saddler, it was stated. 

Nine days later, the 2008 white Dodge Charger was recovered by police. 

The state's witness said Saddler confessed more than once to assaulting Shawn Hardy and going through the pockets of the couple, but not to shooting anyone.

 


Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Man Shot In The Leg On Meadowbrook Drive


Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ARMOUR, MARCUS A 2604 DYSON AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37406 Age at Arrest: 25 years old Arresting Agency: East Ridge CRIMINAL SIMULATION --- ... (click for more)

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: BANKS, EVERETT M 2009 CAMDEN ST CHATTANOOGA, 37404 Age at Arrest: 39 years old Arresting Agency: Collegedale Police Booked for Previous ... (click for more)

A man was shot in the leg at a location off Dayton Boulevard on Friday night. At approximately 6:45 p.m., Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1360 block of Meadowood Drive ... (click for more)


Breaking News

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ARMOUR, MARCUS A 2604 DYSON AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37406 Age at Arrest: 25 years old Arresting Agency: East Ridge CRIMINAL SIMULATION --- BARNES, DONAVAN DEE 216 JOHNSON RD HIXSON, 37343 Age at Arrest: 27 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga PUBLIC INTOXICATION --- BETTIS, DERRICK WAYNE 1732 EAST CRABTREE ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: BANKS, EVERETT M 2009 CAMDEN ST CHATTANOOGA, 37404 Age at Arrest: 39 years old Arresting Agency: Collegedale Police Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) --- BISHOP, SHELBY ANN 124 WATERVILLE DR CLEVELAND, 37323 Age at Arrest: 28 years old Arresting Agency: Soddy Daisy FAILURE TO APPEAR --- CARTER, ... (click for more)

Opinion

It Is Outrageous That County School Administration Used Our Tax Dollars For Political Lobbying

Dear Dr. Johnson, The campaign central at HCDE headquarters needs a Tennessee Little Hatch Act study time and education. The heart of the issue is that HCDE utilized our tax dollars to lobby against vouchers with employee time, equipment, and lobby payments. Here is my point, I supported ESA vouchers for Hamilton County, and so did a lot of families that desired parental ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Easy Way To Win

Within hours after the shocking news came Tuesday that a Twin Cities university was booted out of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference “because St. Thomas won too much,” some of the talking heads in the news media put the blame squarely where it belongs. In a nation where 35 percent of the population is on some type of welfare and more than 10 million illegal immigrants ... (click for more)

Sports

East Hamilton Boys Basketball Coach Frank Jones 'Steps Away'

Frank Jones has ridden off into the coaching sunset once again. Jones, who returned to the sideline to coach the East Hamilton boys’ team, officially confirmed what three sources at the school said earlier in the day: that he has quit as the Hurricanes’ coach after one season. “I’ve decided to step away from coaching basketball and it wasn’t an easy decision but is the best ... (click for more)

CFC Holds 45-Minute Lead Over Powerhouse Real Betis, Then Is Edged 4-3 Before 6,000 Delirious Fans

For that dreamlike amount of time, the Chattanooga Football Club held a slim 1-0 lead over La Liga giant Real Betis. Joao Costa put CFC on the board with 12 minutes gone in the match, slipping past Betis’ front line on a looping pass before smashing the ball into the back of the net. Before 6,000 raucous Chattanooga supporters, the Scenic City’s semi-pro squad appeared en-route ... (click for more)