published Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Second person charged in Chattanooga shooting

Chattanooga police arrested a second person who they say helped kill a local man Thursday.

Stephen Doentae Lester, 24, of 6102 Vance Ave., was charged Friday with murder, criminal conspiracy and especially aggravated robbery. Police say Lester and another man robbed and killed Edward Glenn Jr. as he lay in bed in a home at 2500 O'Rear St.

Carmisha Lay, who was arrested Thursday in connection with the slaying, told officers that Lester was involved. An arrest report gave this account:

Lay invited the 28-year-old Glenn into her home. Then, when Glenn was in bed, she texted Lester, telling him to come over. He brought another man with him, and the two robbed Glenn before shooting him several times.

Lay, 24, then ran away, and investigators found her at 910 Belmeade Ave. In the kitchen of the O'Rear Street home they found Glenn's cellphone, wrapped in a wet towel, in a garbage can. Lay also stripped its battery out, she told police, because she dropped it in water and wanted to dry it off.

Lay originally told officers she didn't have the faintest idea who the two killers were, but eventually changed her story. Police charged her Thursday with first-degree murder, criminal conspiracy, making false reports, tampering with evidence and especially aggravated battery.

Lay is being held on a $409,000 bond while Lester is being held on a $1.75 million bond. Both have a Wednesday court date before Sessions Judge David Bales.

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