A Hamilton County judge lifted a gag order this morning on media coverage of proceedings in a murder case.
Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern had issued the order on March 30, following the request of Hank Hill, attorney for defendant Myles Stout, 20, who is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Myles Compton.
The order prevented any information from being released on the case, which is being considered for indictment by the grand jury.
Hill had requested that records kept by the Hamilton County Jail that track communications Stout made while in custody not be released. The Chattanooga Times Free Press had requested those documents.
Under the new agreement, the communications are still not releasable but coverage of Stout’s case and other documents filed are again open to the public.
A separate bond hearing will be held this afternoon. Hill is asking that the court lower his client’s $117,000 bond.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.
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 ...