published Monday, February 21st, 2011

Former officer recalls defendant’s emotions after 1994 slaying

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    Staff Photo by Jake Daniels/Chattanooga Times Free Press Edward Kendricks speaks quietly with lawyer Jason Demastus during his post-conviction appeals hearing Thursday.

A former Chattanooga police officer testified this afternoon that Edward T. Kendrick III was crying and in disbelief as he told officers in 1994 that he’d just shot his wife.

Kendrick is seeking a new trial on his 1994 murder conviction. He shot his wife, Lisa Kendrick, in the chest outside her workplace, records show.

William Lapoint was one of the officers who responded when Kendrick fled the Lee Highway BP Oil store after the shooting.

“He was very distraught,” Lapoint said before Judge Don Poole in Hamilton County Criminal

Court. “He said, ‘I can’t believe I did that.”

Kendrick has maintained since his arrest that the Remington 7400 .30-06 “went off” as he was moving it, sending a bullet into his wife’s chest and killing her.

A witness at the scene testified he stepped outside the store and saw Kendrick standing over his wife, saying, “I told you so.”

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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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