published Monday, November 7th, 2011

Three men in custody in connection with weekend slaying in Gordon County

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    Brent Carey

Three men face charges in the death of a man found shot inside his home Saturday morning, authorities say.

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    Claude Simpson

Brent Carey, 28, and Claude Simpson, 33, both of Calhoun, Ga., have been charged with murder and armed robbery, Sheriff Mitch Ralston said in a news release.

Both men were arrested after 42-year-old Jason Hammond was found dead in his home off Union Grove Church Road.

Authorities say Hammond’s death was drug related and not a random robbery.

Police have now found a third suspect, Deunta Curtis, 22. He surrendered to authorities after the Chattanooga police and U.S. Marshalls barricaded a house Monday night.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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