Law enforcement officials are one step closer to ending a 2-year-old homicide investigation after a Hamilton County grand jury last week returned indictments for three suspects.
Jeremy Little, Edgar Bailey and Muhammed Nurridin were indicted in connection with the June 2001 stabbing death of 22-year-old Anthony McAfee, Executive Assistant District Attorney Barry Steelman said.
"There is a good bit of (evidence)," Mr. Steelman said. "It’s fairly circumstantial. There’s no confession. There’s no smoking gun."
Investigator Bill Phillips with the Chattanooga Police Department’s homicide division said investigators compiled "a mountain of evidence" in the case over the past two years.
Mr. Steelman said Mr. McAfee, a Chattanooga native who had been living near Atlanta, was found stabbed, beaten and shot at an acquaintance’s Newell Avenue duplex.
Court records indicate Mr. McAfee’s 1994 Buick was found burned at 3100 Hixson Pike before his body was discovered. The initial investigation indicated Mr. McAfee was trafficking narcotics from Atlanta to Chattanooga and had a large amount of money on him when he was killed, according to authorities. Police have said they believe robbery was the motive for the killing.
Mr. Little was in the Hamilton County Jail on unrelated narcotics and weapons charges when he was served with the indictment, Mr. Phillips said. Mr. Nurridin, who had not been served with the indictment Monday, is serving a prison sentence at Brushy Mountain State Correctional Facility for a 2002 narcotics conviction, Mr. Phillips said.
Mr. Bailey was arrested Friday afternoon in DeKalb County, Ga., Mr. Phillips said.
Mr. Steelman said he believes Mr. Bailey has waived an extradition hearing and will be returned to Hamilton County to face murder charges.
Officials said it is unclear when the defendants will be arraigned.