published Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Charges dismissed in Chattanooga kidnapping case

The last of five co-defendants in two high-profile downtown kidnappings saw his charges dismissed Wednesday.

In Hamilton County Criminal Court, Twain Marquise Jackson, 22, had been charged along with four others in separate kidnappings that took place downtown two days apart on Aug. 26 and 28, 2010.

Jackson's attorney, Bill Speek, said after the hearing that his client had little involvement in the kidnappings.

"Mr. Jackson was a minor player in this atrocious act," Speek said.

Sentencing of Jackson's co-defendants earlier this year show some degree of involvement.

• Jeffrey McClendon, Jr., 21, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in federal court to 37 years on carjacking charges.

• Christopher D. Turner, 21, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in federal court to 32 years on carjacking charges.

• Richard Larry Hunt Jr., 19, pleaded guilty to especially aggravated kidnapping and was sentenced in state court to 15 years.

• Quintez Bulloch, 23, pleaded guilty to facilitation of aggravated robbery and was sentenced in state court to four months.

Bulloch attempted to help the other co-defendants sell some stolen merchandise, but did not actually take part in the kidnappings.

Court records show McClendon, Turner and Hunt first pistol-whipped victim Mychael Chunn as he walked to his car while leaving work at the Buffalo Wild Wings on Market Street.

They then forced Chunn into his car's trunk, took his wallet and cellphone, drove to his apartment, stole items and attempted to sell them. Chunn remained in the trunk over an 11-hour period and, at one point, was given water and a package of noodles.

The men released Chunn in an alley behind 2204 Bailey Ave.

Two days later, the men pistol-whipped Joseph Clark as he was walking toward the Hunter Museum of American Art, forced him into his car's trunk and drove away.

After about 10 minutes, when the car stopped, Clark escaped and ran for help.

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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