published Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Chattanooga: Jury gets Witherow murder trial

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    Malcolm Witherow sits in a Hamilton County Courthouse courtroom Tuesday during the beginning of his trial. Witherow is accused of shooting Melissa Hoover nearly three years ago. Staff Photo by Allison Carter/Chattanooga Times Free Press

A Hamilton County jury now will decide the fate of a 49-year-old man charged in the 2008 shooting death of Melissa Hoover.

Prosecutors Brian Finlay and Neal Pinkston allege that on Oct. 10, 2008 Malcolm Witherow shot and killed Hoover, 31, on Short Tail Springs road after an argument outside a mutual friend's home.

Witnesses testified in the first two days of the trial that Witherow repeatedly threatened to retaliate against Hoover for her cooperation with police in a 2005 drug investigation against him.

Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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