published Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Dade man sentenced to life with parole in drug deal slaying

TRENTON, Ga. — A 19-year-old Dade County, Ga., man man was sentenced this afternoon to life in prison with the possibility of parole in the stabbing death of a Chattanooga man during a drug deal.

Dade County Superior Court Judge Brian House sentenced Johnathan Ellison to life with the possibility of parole in 30 years on his convictions of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault.

Ellison was charged with stabbing 36-year-old Antwane Hyatte, of Chattanooga, when Hyatte came to Ellison’s house to sell him two ounces of marijuana and Ecstasy pills on March 16.

James Oglesby, who also was at Ellison’s home, faces the same charges as Ellison and will be tried next year.

Testimony showed Hyatte was stabbed 16 times and died on the front step’s of Ellison’s trailer. Both Ellison and 27-year-old Oglesby fled, leaving Ellison’s 9-month-old daughter and 18-month-old son behind crying in the trailer.

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

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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