published Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Chattanooga: Witherow guilty of murder in Hoover slaying

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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 has found Malcolm Witherow guilty of premeditated first-degree murder in the 2008 slaying of Melissa Hoover.

Prosecutors Brian Finlay and Neal Pinkston alleged that on Oct. 10, 2008 Witherow, 49, shot and killed Hoover, 31, on Short Tail Springs road following 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 cooperating with police in a 2005 drug investigation against him.

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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