Man charged in fatal Chattanooga's Sixth Avenue stabbing

Man charged in fatal Chattanooga's Sixth Avenue stabbing

August 15th, 2014 by Shelly Bradbury in Local Regional News

Wendell "Dooney" Mitchell

Wendell "Dooney" Mitchell

Chattanooga police have arrested a 41-year-old man and charged him in the July stabbing death of 23-year-old Jeffery "Hot Dog" Jackson.

Wendell "Dooney" Mitchell is charged with first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a weapon. He is in jail on a $1 million bond.

Witnesses told police that Mitchell and Jackson fought on July 27, the night of the slaying, according to the affidavit. Witnesses said Jackson punched Mitchell in the face because Mitchell was choking an elderly man outside the apartment complex at 2525 Sixth Ave.

Both men apparently walked away from that altercation, but witnesses said the pair had another altercation later that night. That time, witnesses saw Jackson running from Mitchell, according to the affidavit.

After fleeing from Mitchell, Jackson collapsed on the sidewalk and said to witnesses, "Damn, this [racial slur] just stuck me."

Jackson was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Mitchell's first court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 19.

Jackson's death is the most recent homicide in Chattanooga.

There have been 20 homicides in the city so far this year.

The most recent shooting homicide was July 10, when 22-year-old Dominic Wright was found dead at 2108 Foust St.

Contact staff writer Shelly Bradbury at 423-757-6525 or with tips or story ideas.