A plea agreement could be near for one of two men charged with attempting to kill a pregnant woman in April 2016, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Chattanooga prosecutors are still determining whether to bring Jacorey Owens and Jaumichael Hardy to trial or close their cases with plea deals.
"I think we're real close on Mr. Owens," Hamilton County Assistant District Attorney Cameron Williams said. "I'm not sure about Mr. Hardy."
Prosecutors said Sharia Reynolds was shot in the thigh while sitting in a parked vehicle in the 1500 block of Arlington Avenue on April 18, 2016. She was 24 weeks pregnant.
Police said they found Hardy and Owens after receiving two descriptions of possible suspect vehicles — a silver Jeep Liberty and a light-colored Chevrolet Impala.
A police officer testified in 2016 that he spotted both vehicles parked outside a home on nearby Union Avenue, where eight to 10 people were hanging out.
The officer said he saw two men getting out of the Jeep and figured out it was Hardy and Owens. Both men were handcuffed when police spotted weapons in the Jeep and the men agreed to talk.
Hardy said he was a passenger in the Jeep and that he'd been playing basketball, police said. Owens, the driver, gave the same story. They denied knowing anything about the Impala.
Their next court date is Aug. 30 in Hamilton County Criminal Court. They both face charges of attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment, and employing a firearm during a dangerous offense.
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This story was updated Aug. 8 at 11:15 p.m.