Zack Peterson (Reporter)

Phone: 423-756-6900
E-mail: zpeterson@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
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.

State rests case in Lookout Valley murder trial

Published Sep. 25 2017

Prosecutors rested their case this afternoon against Derek Morse, the 23-year-old man on trial for murder in the 2014 Lookout...

Witness says defendant in 2014 Lookout Valley homicides already admitted to it

Published Sep. 23 2017

Derek Morse, 23, is on trial this week in the 2014 Lookout Valley triple homicide, but a witness said Friday...

DNA, forensic evidence becomes focus in 2014 triple homicide trial

Published Sep. 22 2017

It's the experts' turn today in the trial of Derek Morse.

Prosecutors widen ring of evidence in 2014 Lookout Valley triple homicide trial

Published Sep. 22 2017

Prosecutors pushed past a flip-flopping witness Thursday, widening their ring of evidence against a 23-year-old man facing murder charges in...

Eyewitness changes testimony in Lookout Valley triple homicide case

Published Sep. 21 2017

Derek Morse has stood trial in Hamilton County Criminal Court for three days now

Defense questions eyewitness in 2014 Lookout Valley triple homicide trial

Published Sep. 21 2017

It was about 7 p.m. on April 9, 2014, and Molly Morris was running flat-out toward Kellys Ferry Road, toward...

Lone survivor in 2014 Lookout Valley triple homicide testifies

Published Sep. 20 2017

Then a high-schooler, now a state witness, Callan testified today in Morse's first-degree murder trial in Hamilton County Criminal Court,...

Jurors hear opening arguments in first 2014 Lookout Valley triple homicide trial

Published Sep. 20 2017

"Make sure they're all dead," the prosecutor said in his opening statement Tuesday.

Debate over witness delays trial of truck driver in deadly 2015 I-75 crash

Published Sep. 20 2017

A truck driver charged with killing six people in a 2015 Interstate 75 crash is not standing trial next week,...

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: Second trial of truck driver in deadly 2015 crash 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...


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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...