published Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Richard Manning, man charged with first-degree murder in road-rage slaying, dies

Richard Manning, the man charged with first-degree murder in December's road-rage slaying of a 39-year-old man in East Ridge, died Monday morning.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond confirmed that Manning died shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday at Erlanger hospital.

The 62-year-old Manning suffered a stroke days after the Dec. 17, 2013, shooting and was also being treated for cancer and diabetes.

Because of the charges against him, he required supervision from two deputies 24 hours a day, despite his failing health. The guards cost Hammond's department more than $380 a day, Hammond said earlier this month.

"But of course all that ended this morning," Hammond said Wednesday. "The body will be released to the family. As far as the charges against him, it will be up to the district attorney's office to close out the charges against him."

Manning was accused of firing one fatal shot at Norman Gallman at the Moore Road and North Terrace intersection near Interstate 24.

Police were dispatched to the scene about 9 a.m. that day, but Manning had fled.

He was apprehended without incident later that morning at 4906 Maryland Ave.

Manning was a corrections officer with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office from 1977 to 1984 and also was a certified firearms instructor in Chattanooga.

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