Signs of a struggle in College Hill Courts homicide

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher, left, and Lt. Glenn Scruggs answers questions from the media Wednesday afternoon following a suspected homicide in the building directly behind them in College Hill Courts in this file photo.
photo Investigators have blocked off a section of College Hill Courts to investigate a suspected homicide. Neighbors stand on porches watching as children play.

Chattanooga police are investigating the homicide of a black woman who was found dead around 4 p.m. this afternoon during a routine inspection by Chattanooga Housing Authority employees in College Hill Courts.

The employees found the woman's body in a second-floor apartment at 1300 Cypress Street and it appeared there had been a struggle, Police Chief Fred Fletcher said.

The killing is the third homicide in five days in Chattanooga.

Robert Rutledge, 66, was killed on Saturday in his apartment at 404 Tunnel Blvd. And 16-year-old Kentrell Provens was shot to death while walking at 825 N. Germantown Road on Sunday.

Police have arrested two teenagers for Rutledge's death. Gary Toney Jr., 19, and Javonte Davis, 17, are both being held without bond.

Officers have not arrested any suspects in Provens' death, and appealed for the public's help on Monday.