published Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Chattanooga man indicted on murder charge in beating, strangulation death

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    Defendant Michael Crumpton appears in Judge Bob Moon's courtroom in this file photo.
    Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Hamilton County grand jury has indicted a 47-year-old Chattanooga man on a first-degree murder charge for the beating and strangulation death of a 42-year-old woman.

Police say Michael Crumpton beat and strangled Victoria Godwin on June 7 in her Emma Wheeler public housing apartment.

Crumpton is scheduled for his first criminal court appearance on this charge before Judge Rebecca Stern on Aug. 5. He remains in the Hamilton County Jail on a $200,000 bond.

A medical examiner’s report showed blunt force trauma and strangulation as the cause of death. Six bruises on Godwin’s head, one the size of a grapefruit, showed the extent of her injuries.

Crumpton, an ex-con, served more than 17 years in federal prison on weapons-related charges.

In April he was arrested on aggravated domestic assault charges after, a police report says he beat his wife. The case was dismissed when she did not attend the hearing, according to Times Free Press archives.

For further details see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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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