published Friday, January 17th, 2014

Roderick Bates, Emmett Jones sentenced to life in prison for 2011 Chattanooga murder (with video)

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    Emmett "D Baby" Jones and Roderick "Poo Poo" Bates

A jury has found two Chattanooga men guilty of first-degree murder in the Oct. 7, 2011 shooting death of Reginald Clark, 37.

Roderick "Poo Poo" Bates and Emmett "D Baby" Jones, both 27, were charged with first-degree murder and especially aggravated burglary in Clark's death.

Both were sentenced to life in prison.

In the week-long trial, witnesses who said the shooting occurred after an altercation at the Fire and Ice nightclub on Market Street.

Materrius Daniel, Clark's friend, complimented a woman at the club on how she looked. She poured a drink on him. A short time later Bates approached Daniel, saying he'd insulted his girlfriend.

During the interaction, Clark got involved and at one point pulled up his shirt to reveal a handgun in his waistband.

After the men left the club, Clark and his friends went to his 1644 Greenwood Drive home.

Witnesses later told police that Bates and Jones came into Clark's home. Bates said something about the incident at the club and then the pair shot and killed Clark.

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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