published Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

New trial date set for parents charged in Chattanooga child’s death

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    Camron Michelle Dawn Wallace, 2, died after being shot in the chest by her 6-year-old stepbrother.
    Photo by Patrick Smith /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern has set a new trial date for the parents of a child shot by her 5-year-old stepbrother.

The parents, Samantha, 26, and Thomas Wallace 23, were charged with criminally negligent homicide in the shooting death of their 2-year-old daughter Camron Wallace.

Stern set Sept. 11 as the new trial date.

Assistant District Attorney Charlie Minor sought to have Stern raise or revoke the couple’s bonds of $2,500 each in September after learning they had been involved in theft, vandalism, drug and assault charges in Marion County while awaiting trial.

Stern did not raise or revoke their bonds at that time. They are still free on bond.

Camron died almost instantly on July 12, 2010 when her stepbrother fired a .45-caliber pistol that Thomas kept on his nightstand.

Criminally negligent homicide is a class E felony and carries a one- to six-year prison sentence.

For more 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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