published Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Wife describes attack where husband nearly stomped to death in Chattanooga

Laneice Strickland had to speak for her husband.

His jaw was wired shut and gauze was taped just below his ears, the aftermath of a beating on Nov. 26.

Ronald Strickland, 23, was seated behind her Wednesday as she testified before General Sessions Court Judge David Bales that 21-year-old Quindell Ray, whom police say is a validated member of the Gangsta Disciples gang, had stomped her husband nearly to death.

The attack, which involved two other men, was Strickland's punishment for testifying against another Gangsta Disciple, Dominic "Scream" Wright, according to her testimony and a Chattanooga police report.

Ray faces charges of aggravated assault and assault. Bales sent his case to the Hamilton County grand jury.

"Based on the seriousness of this case, we're lucky we don't have a homicide case before us," Bales said.

Laneice Strickland, 26, who works at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, testified that the men beating her husband on Nov. 26 "just pushed me to the side."

"I kept yelling, 'Stop. Stop stomping him,'" she said. "At the time he wasn't breathing."

Then Ray "came back and tried to spit on my husband," she said.

Skull fractured and face paralyzed, Ronald Strickland was placed on a ventilator. He stayed in intensive care for days. He isn't expected to recover fully for six to eight months, his wife said, and it will be nine weeks before he can talk or eat solid food.

In the meantime, with the two other attackers at large, Laneice Strickland said she feels unsafe living in East Lake Courts housing development. She has requested a transfer from the Chattanooga Housing Authority but said she was denied.

CHA Police Chief Felix Vess did not return a message Wednesday evening seeking comment.

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jburney said...

Printing where this woman lives is irresponsible journalism. This a real person, with a real danger surrounding her. Would you want someone to know where YOU lived if this had happened to your spouse for talking bad about a gang member? I'm glad the story was told, but good grief we need to be more mindful of the fact that this isn't a novel, it's someone's very life.

December 29, 2011 at 4:22 a.m.
Bumpkin said...

Beth Burger should be fired IMMEDIATLEY. Not only does she say where the victim's wife works, but also where she lives!! The victim was attacked for retaliation. Why wouldn't they do the same to the wife for which thanks to this idiot reporter, they now know 2 places to find her.

On the other hand, if she has a job with the newspaper why does she live in East Lake Courts...............

December 29, 2011 at 8:16 p.m.
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