Accused Chattanooga cop-killer case sent to grand jury; Judge Moon recused himself

Accused Chattanooga cop-killer case sent to grand jury; Judge Moon recused himself

April 13th, 2011 by Todd South in Local - Breaking News

A judge this morning sent the murder case against Jesse Mathews, accused of killing Chattanooga police Sgt. Tim Chapin, to the grand jury.

Red Bank Judge Johnny Houston presided over Mathew's court hearing this morning after General Sessions Judge Bob Moon recused himself.

The state will request the death penalty. No bond was set for Mathews.

A witness testified this morning that Chapin used his Taser on the suspect before being shot on April 2.

Zach Brackin, 26, a clerk at US Money Shops, said that after running out of the shop he saw Chapin hit Mathews with his patrol car. Mathews stumbled, Chapin stepped out and fired the Taser.

"It didn't phase him," Brackin said.

Moments later Chapin was dead.

See this website later today for added details and read tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press for complete coverage.

Ray Vance Mathews, father of accused cop-killer Jesse Mathews, is shown being taken in the the federal courthouse today in preparation for his arraignment this afternoon. He along with his wife, Kathleen Mathews, face charges of accessory after the fact, possession of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence and misprison of a felony, and withholding of knowledge about a committed felony to authorities. Staff photo by John Rawlston/Chattanooga Times Free Press