published Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Jurors see dead body of man killed at Kanku's

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    Montez Davis, right, is on trial for the fatal shooting of a man who was pumping gas at the Kanku's on Wilcox Boulevard early last year. He and his attorney, Curtis Bowe, left, listen during jury selection Tuesday.
    Staff Photo by Tim Barber/Chattanooga Times Free Press

Jurors this morning saw photos of the dead body of a 42-year-old man killed at a Kanku’s gas station last year when a stray bullet tore into his neck.

In photographs, Jonathan Lawrence lies facedown, a few feet from a gas pump.

In Hamilton County Criminal Court, Chattanooga police Officer Ken Burnette told Executive Assistant District Attorney Neal Pinkston that, when emergency medical workers rolled the body over, Lawrence's hands were still in his pockets.

Police allege that Montez Davis, 20, entered the parking lot at 3440 Wilcox Blvd. on the night of Jan. 9, 2010, drove about 30 yards to the end of the lot, stopped the car, got out and began firing a .40-caliber Glock handgun at the crowd..

He was angry, prosecutors say, because someone in the lot had thrown a bottle that shattered the back window of the rented white Jeep Patriot he was driving.

On of the slugs struck Lawrence in the throat as he pumped gas.

Prosecutors called Chattanooga police officers who investigated the shooting all morning today, the second day of the trial.

For complete, details see tomorrow's 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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