published Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Chattanooga: Savage guilty in boss-slashing case

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    Lonnie Savage waits in the courtroom as members of the jury are selected for his trial in Chattanooga. Savage was on trial for attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault.
    Photo by Allison Carter /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A Hamilton County jury has found Lonnie Savage guilty of reckless endangerment and aggravated assault in a 2009 attack where he slashed his boss with a box cutter.

Jurors were asked to decide whether Savage, 62, planned to attack Tommy Sims at the ADM Southern Cellulose Products Co. on July 10, 2009, or whether he lost control and reacted to months of mounting work and personal stress.

Sims was cut nine times after Savage confronted him over a job assignment and was told to “clock out and go home,” according to testimony.

Defense witnesses testified that Savage has below-average intelligence and said that, combined with family troubles, work stress and running out of medication, affected his state of mind.

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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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