published Friday, May 6th, 2011

Coverage of accused cop killer Jesse Mathews' arraignment

Follow live blog coverage of accused cop killer Jesse Mathews' arraignment from Hamilton County Criminal Court starting at 1:30 p.m.

Live coverage of accused cop killer Jesse Mathews' arraignment

Formal charges against a 25-year-old man accused of killing a local police sergeant are being presented by the Hamilton County District Attorney.

Jesse Mathews’ arraignment is in process in the courtroom of Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman.

On Wednesday, District Attorney General Bill Cox filed a notice to seek the death penalty for Mathews’ alleged actions in the April 2 failed armed robbery attempt in which he fired at four officers, killing Chattanooga police Sgt. Tim Chapin.

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted Mathews on one count of felony murder, one count of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of aggravated robbery on April 27.

The felony murder and first-degree murder charges merge into one charge upon conviction.

Mathews’ family — father Ray Vance Mathews, mother Kathleen Mathews, sister Rachel Mathews and her boyfriend James Poteete — face a July 5 trial in federal court related to their alleged involvement in aiding Mathews after his flight from a halfway house in Colorado and following the Chattanooga robbery.

Prosecutors allege that Mathews robbed pawn shops in Colorado before fleeing with Rachel Mathews’ help while on parole for previous armed robbery conviction.

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Harrison Keely is an online breaking news producer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He also anchors the daily newscast. He joined the Times Free Press as a reporter in 2010. He previously served as managing editor of the Smoky Mountain Sentinel in western North Carolina and as a business reporter for the Washington Times in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Lee University in 2009 where he served as managing editor of the student news ...

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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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