Shootings suspect has criminal history

Shootings suspect has criminal history

March 23rd, 2011 by Beth Burger in News

The man wanted on attempted first-degree murder charges after three men were shot Monday evening at College Hill Courts was arrested on a first-degree murder charge in 1998.

Reginald Dewayne Woods, 36, whose street name is "Joker," pleaded guilty to reduced charges of voluntary manslaughter in 1998 after his arrest on first-degree murder stemming from a Dec. 12, 1997, death. Detailed court records on the case were not readily available Tuesday.

Warrants have been issued for Woods on three counts of attempted first-degree murder after 22-year-old Marcel Hawthorne, 20-year-old Eric McMath and 18-year-old Jermichael Powell were shot near 1236 Cypress Street Court on Monday, according to the Chattanooga Police Department.

The men received injuries that were not life-threatening, according to police. Injuries included shots to the shoulder, leg and back. Multiple casings from various firearms were found at the scene.

On Tuesday, police still did not have exact details on what caused the argument that led to the shootings, but they believe it involved one of Woods' relatives.

None of the men lived at College Hill Courts.

Woods also has other warrants issued for his arrest in connection with the shootings, including three counts of aggravated assault and three counts of reckless endangerment.

Court records show that, dating back to 1993, Woods has been arrested in Hamilton County a total of 22 times on charges including evading arrest, robbery and assault.