Chattanooga police charge man accused of killing his girlfriend's father

Chattanooga police charge man accused of killing his girlfriend's father

November 12th, 2015 by Shelly Bradbury in Local Regional News

Cordarius Robinson

Cordarius Robinson

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Timothy Harris, 47

Timothy Harris, 47

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

After the argument, after the gunshots, after 47-year-old Timothy Harris hit the ground bleeding and dying, a neighbor called 911.

"I ran out there," said neighbor Sean Anderson. "The lady on 911 was like, 'You need to cover the wounds and try to stop the bleeding.' And I said, 'Ma'am, there are too many wounds for me to try to stop the bleeding.'"

Anderson shook his head.

"The only thing I could do was comfort him and say, 'Look, they're coming, just hold on.'"

But Harris died at 1:09 a.m. — shot multiple times outside his home on Olive Street on Nov. 1, according to an affidavit. Days after his death, police took out warrants on 27-year-old Cordarius Robinson. Robinson turned himself in on Tuesday and is charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault.

Witnesses said Robinson and Harris' daughter got into a fight outside Harris' home and that Harris came outside to intervene. Neighbors heard a female voice say, "He did not hurt me, Daddy," Followed by a male voice saying, "I will just shoot him."

Anderson said, at that point, Harris turned and walked away from his daughter and her boyfriend. He said that's when Robinson shot Harris.

Anderson said the daughter and Robinson then sped away in a black Jeep.

The daughter later told police that she and Robinson drove to her father's house that night after a relative said her father had assaulted her mother.

Harris' daughter told police that she, her dad and Robinson got into a fight. She said she heard her father say something about a gun, so she ran away. But she heard several gunshots and ran back to the Jeep, and she said Robinson got in with a handgun.

She said he put the handgun in the center console and they drove away.

Harris' co-workers at the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Chattanooga said he was a steady employee who always showed up on time. He was a friendly, calm man, they said.

Robinson is scheduled to appear Nov. 17 in Hamilton County General Sessions Court.

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


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