published Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Trial begins for Chattanooga man charged in 2010 home invasion shooting death

The murder trial of a 27-year-old Chattanooga man charged with three others in the home invasion shooting death here in 2010 began this morning in Hamilton County Criminal Court.

Unjolee Moore faces a charge of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and attempted especially aggravated robbery in the June 29, 2010, shooting death of 46-year-old Bernard Hughes and wounding of Timothy Westfield at Hughes' 4417 Oakwood Drive home.

Also charged were John Thomas "Cutthroat" Simpson, 32; Harold Francis Butler, III, 33; and Steven James Ballou, 33.

Simpson took a plea deal to second-degree murder in exchange for testifying against the other three men. Ballou and Butler are scheduled for trial together on July 16, also before Judge Don Poole.

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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