published Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Video: Trial date set for Jesse Mathews in Chattanooga cop slaying: Jan. 22, 2013

Trial date set for Jesse Mathews
The felony murder trial for Jesse Mathews, accused of killing Chattanooga Police Sgt. Tim Chapin, is scheduled to begin Jan. 22, 2013, after prosecution and defense teams met for a hearing in Judge Barry Steelman's Hamilton County Criminal courtroom Tuesday.
Jesse Mathews enters Judge Barry Steelman's courtroom Tuesday. Mathews, who is accused of killing Sgt. Tim Chapin, attended a hearing on Tuesday to hear Steelman set a date for his trial.
Jesse Mathews enters Judge Barry Steelman's courtroom Tuesday. Mathews, who is accused of killing Sgt. Tim Chapin, attended a hearing on Tuesday to hear Steelman set a date for his trial.
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A Criminal Court judge set a trial date in the death penalty case against a 26-year-old man charged with killing a local police sergeant.

The felony murder trial of Jesse Mathews is scheduled to begin on Jan. 22, 2013, before Judge Barry Steelman.

Defense attorneys Lee Davis and Bryan Hoss have requested a jury from outside of Hamilton County to hear the case, due to ongoing publicity surrounding the April 2 shooting.

Police say Mathews shot and killed Chattanooga Police Sgt. Tim Chapin as the officer attempted to stop him from fleeing a botched robbery of the U.S. Money Shops on Brainerd Road.

Mathews fled a Colorado halfway house after being accused of committing three robberies in February, came to Chattanooga with the help of a girlfriend and his sister, Rachel Mathews; his mother, Kathleen Mathews; and father, Ray Vance Mathews, according to court documents.

They have pleaded guilty in federal court to aiding him while he was a fugitive from Colorado in the weeks leading up to the alleged money store robbery.

Sentencing hearings for Mathews’ family and Poteete are scheduled for Feb. 13, 2012.

For more see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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HW34Dawg said...

Why the delay? If the defense is ready for trial, why wait 13 months? Let's get this done, no reason for taxpayer money to pay for room and board for this guy a day longer than they have to.

December 13, 2011 at 2:15 p.m.
Legend said...

I honestly can't explain why. But when all this broke into the news I honestly thought it would be a case where a cop may have accidently shot a fellow cop in all of the confusion going on at the time.

Don't get me wrong. Matthews should still be prosecuted, regardless.

December 13, 2011 at 2:42 p.m.
skyboxer said...

What a sad sack of sh*t this guy is. Please, if anyone in the criminal justice system has access to Mr. Matthews ... ask him to kindly do us all a favor and hang himself so as to save the public the time, aggravation and expense of having to dispatch him to death row. Asphyxiation only takes four minutes....

December 13, 2011 at 2:58 p.m.
ChattanoogaVol said...

January 22 of 2013? Is this a joke? Geez.

December 13, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.
Lr103 said...

skyboxer, if something should happen to Matthews, such as a hanging made to look like a suicide, hopefully it will be fully investigated as a homicide.

December 13, 2011 at 4:51 p.m.
WHS1970 said...

Give him a fair trial, then hang em!!

December 13, 2011 at 6:13 p.m.
marctn31 said...

we have got to trust the system just ask casey anthony what a joke!

December 13, 2011 at 10:46 p.m.
ashleysimms said...

@Legend..I'm not quite sure what purpose your comment serves??!!

December 14, 2011 at 6:59 a.m.
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