Man out on bond in one Chattanooga slaying faces charge in second

Man out on bond in one Chattanooga slaying faces charge in second

July 4th, 2012 by Beth Burger in News

Devante Stoudemire

A 20-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in a 2010 case now faces a new charge in the shooting death of 38-year-old Steve D. Mosley.

Devante Stoudemire, a member of the Gangsta Disciples, is awaiting trial in connection with the fatal shooting of JerMichael Richardson. Stoudemire's bond was lowered from $350,000 to $75,000 last fall by Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman, according to archives.

Steelman, a former prosecutor, lowered the bond after hearing from witnesses. The testimony at the bond hearing weakened evidence in the case.

Stoudemire was out on bond Monday afternoon when Mosley was gunned down inside a duplex on North Hawthorne Street during a botched robbery involving drugs, according to police. Mosley's criminal record included several drug-related arrests.

As part of Stoudemire's release conditions, he was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device. When Stoudemire was taken into custody, he was not wearing the bracelet, according to police. His next court appearance before Steelman is set for Thursday.

Chattanooga police also have charged 18-year-old Ronald Cosper in connection to Mosley's shooting after spending much of Tuesday rounding up possible suspects and witnesses to interview.

Mosley's death marks the 10th homicide this year in the city. It's the 41st shooting resulting in injury or death this year.