published Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Judge sends woman's murder charges to Hamilton County Grand Jury

Jessica Sterchi appears before judge Gary Starnes during a preliminary hearing after informing police that she was present when her brother and boyfriend killed Zachery Higdon in the victim’s trailer nearly three years ago. This hearing should provide more details about what happened in the previously unsolved homicide.
Jessica Sterchi appears before judge Gary Starnes during a preliminary hearing after informing police that she was present when her brother and boyfriend killed Zachery Higdon in the victim’s trailer nearly three years ago. This hearing should provide more details about what happened in the previously unsolved homicide.
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A 31-year-old woman who confessed to police that she was present when her ex-boyfriend and his brother killed Zacherey Higdon in October 2011 has had her charges sent to the Hamilton County Grand Jury this morning.

In April, Jessica Sterchi told Chattanooga police details of the murder at 900 Airport Road that started as a drug deal turned robbery.

General Sessions Court Judge Gary Starnes found probable cause from the testimony of Chattanooga police detective Lucas Fuller.

She has been charged with first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.

For more see Thursday's Times Free Press.

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