Zack Peterson (Reporter)

Phone: 423-756-6900
Zack is a Floridian who graduated Magna Sum Laude from the University of Florida before interning at the Tampa Bay Times. He's also worked at the Valley News in Lebanon, N.H., and the Gainesville Sun in Florida. He covers courts for the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

UPDATE: Jury selected for first man to be tried in 2014 triple homicide

Published Sep. 19 2017

Attorneys are picking a jury today for the first man to be tried in connection with the 2014 Lookout Valley...

UPDATE: Ben Brewer trial officially postponed

Published Sep. 19 2017

The federal government is trying to block two public defenders from calling a key witness on the eve of a...

Federal lawsuit throws into question 30-day rule meant to protect victims

Published Sep. 19 2017

When Dorothy Woodward got into a car wreck last month, the Chattanooga Police Department did what it always does: An...

Bus driver in deadly Woodmore crash placed on supervised release

Published Sep. 18 2017

A judge has reduced the bond for the man accused in the 2016 school bus crash that claimed the lives...

State attorneys receive new information in Woodmore solicitation case

Published Sep. 17 2017

"My pastor wants to send flowers to family," the Facebook message, sent over three years ago to Trinice Sampson, reads....

Lawsuit: Longtime Orange Grove patient died of hyperthermia, dehydration

Published Sep. 14 2017

A longtime Orange Grove Center patient whose body was found in a transport van died from hyperthermia and dehydration, according...

Attorney: Chattanooga man killed girlfriend by accident during fight

Published Sep. 13 2017

A Chattanooga man who shot and killed his girlfriend during a fight over the summer did so accidentally, his public...

Chattanooga man charged with criminal homicide heading to grand jury

Published Sep. 12 2017

A Chattanooga man charged with criminal homicide charge is heading to the grand jury.

Defense: Some evidence could be contaminated in Lookout Valley triple homicide case

Published Sep. 12 2017

A defense attorney whose client is being tried next week in connection with the 2014 Lookout Valley triple homicide wants...

Attorney: D.A. Neal Pinkston acted within law while prosecuting Ooltewah rape case

Published Sep. 9 2017

Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston never violated a "clearly established constitutional right" while prosecuting former Ooltewah High School...

Man serving 4 years probation for knowingly giving wife HIV may get prison time

Published Sep. 7 2017

Tennessee authorities believe a man sentenced to four years' probation for exposing his then-wife to HIV should now serve the...

District attorney's office responds to Ooltewah rape case lawsuit

Published Sep. 2 2017

Joining other state agencies, the district attorney general's office in Hamilton County has asked to be dismissed from a $6...


Judge denies alternative sentence request for bus driver in deadly Woodmore crash

Published Aug. 31 2017

A judge Thursday ruled against diversion for Johnthony Walker, saying the request for an alternative sentence is premature since the...

Committee selects three candidates for Hamilton County Circuit Court judgeship

Published Aug. 31 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam now has three candidates to consider for the soon-to-be vacant Hamilton County Circuit Court seat.

Man with string of violent allegations gets 1-year sentence for attempted assault

Published Aug. 30 2017

After his 13th arrest in the Chattanooga area on allegations of domestic assault, kidnapping or rape, a local man received...

Judge sends deadly Hixson Pike gas station shooting case to grand jury

Published Aug. 29 2017

A 26-year-old woman accused of shooting her boyfriend to death in a Hixson Pike gas station is heading to the...

Judge denies request to decrease sentence in 2016 vehicular homicide

Published Aug. 29 2017

A judge shot down a request Tuesday to reconsider a sentence he gave a Chattanooga man for causing a fatal...

School bus driver in fatal Woodmore crash veered to avoid hitting vehicle, defense attorney says

Published Aug. 29 2017

Citing video footage and an eyewitness, a defense attorney for Johnthony Walker said a second vehicle caused the 25-year-old bus...

Attorney: Second vehicle involved in deadly Woodmore bus crash

Published Aug. 28 2017

A defense attorney for the 25-year-old bus driver charged in connection with the deadly Woodmore crash last November is expected...

Chattanooga man convicted of murder even though witness refused to testify

Published Aug. 19 2017

Jurors on Friday convicted a Chattanooga mechanic of a 2015 murder attempt even though the victim refused to come to...