Chattanooga: Judge sentences 38-year-old man for teen murder

Chattanooga: Judge sentences 38-year-old man for teen murder

November 5th, 2012 by Todd South in Local Regional News

Walter George Glenn was found guilty Thursday in the 2009 death of Carlton Braswell.

Photo by Jake Daniels/Times Free Press.

A 38-year-old man has been sentenced to 35 years for the 2009 stabbing death of a local teen in an argument over marijuana.

Walter George Glenn faced 25 to 40 years for his January second-degree murder conviction involving the death of a boy he considered his stepson.

During Glenn's trial, witnesses testified that Carlton Braswell, 17, crossed paths with Glenn near the teen's 1900-block Southern Street apartment and asked the older man for a cigarette.

Glenn refused. The pair argued and cursed at each other before parting ways.

Braswell went elsewhere to buy cigarettes and when he returned the pair again argued. That's when prosecutors say Glenn stabbed the teen.

Braswell, bleeding, ran to his apartment and died soon afterward.

But Glenn testified in today's hearing that the fight started because he was rolling a marijuana blunt and Braswell asked him to sell him some of the drug. He said no.

Glenn said the teen got angry, took off his shirt and started fighting with him.

He would not speak about the specifics of how Braswell died, just that he defended himself.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents found Glenn hiding in the crawl space of a Nashville home two months later.

The sentencing, originally scheduled in April, was delayed when Glenn was allowed to change attorneys after his trial. Ben McGowan was his trial attorney, Donna Miller represented Glenn during his sentencing.

For more see tomorrow's Times Free Press.