Murder suspect cuts GPS monitor and flees area on third day of trial

Christopher Padgett
photo Christopher Padgett is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Nathan Deere, a Chattanooga cab driver.

Sometime in the night, a 22-year-old man used a pair of scissors to cut his GPS monitor and flee the area, witnesses said today on the third morning of his Hamilton County murder trial.

Christopher Padgett was facing charges related to the 2012 murder of a cab driver. Prosecutors say he that he called Nathan Deere to 1643 Ocoee Street, got into his cab, and shot him in the back of the head before fleeing with his fares. Padgett was 18 at the time of his alleged crime.

After two days of evidence, prosecutors finished their case Wednesday.