published Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Chattanooga: Jury finds Stout guilty of reckless homicide, reckless endangerment (with video)

Myles Stout
Myles Stout
  • Myles Stout found guilty of reckless homicide, reckless endangerment
    A Hamilton County Jury today found Myles Stout guilty of reckless homicide and reckless endangerment in connection with the death of Myles Compton in a March 9, 2011, shooting. Stout was found not guilty of second-degree murder. A sentencing hearing will be held Nov. 5.

A Hamilton County Jury today found Myles Stout guilty of reckless homicide and reckless endangerment in connection with the death of Myles Compton in a March 9, 2011, shooting. A sentencing hearing will be held Nov. 5.

Stout, 21, was charged with second-degree murder and reckless endangerment in the shooting death of Compton at 9125 Stoney Mountain Drive.

Throughout the five-day trial, Stout’s attorneys, Hank Hill and Mike Little, attempted to show that their client did not know the .40 caliber Sig Sauer handgun was loaded.

But from their opening statements, prosecutors Lance Pope and David Schmidt brought witnesses who said that the gun and another handgun had been cleared before Stout handled them.

Yet no witness ever testified to seeing Stout load either weapon before he pushed the .40 caliber pistol’s muzzle into Compton’s chest and fired.

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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