published Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Mistrial declared in Westside stabbing death case

A hung jury in Hamilton County Criminal Court late today resulted in Judge Rebecca Stern declaring a mistrial.

Temekia Reed was charged in the Dec. 19, 2011, stabbing death of 15-year-old Shaviya Vinson at the College Hill Courts public housing complex.

Witnesses testified that a street fight started between Natalia Reed, Temekia’s mother, and Rene Cross, Vinson’s sister, over a $20 babysitting fee Natalia Reed said she was owed.

During the fray, which included a crowd of more than a dozen people captured on cell phone video, Vinson was stabbed in the chest with a pair of purple-handled scissors.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga 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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