Chattanooga police arrest second suspect in 2017 slaying of woman in Renaissance Park

Chattanooga police arrest second suspect in 2017 slaying of woman in Renaissance Park

February 22nd, 2019 by Staff Report in Breaking News

This story was updated Feb. 22, 2019, at 4:55 p.m. with more information.

A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the 2017 killing of a woman in Renaissance Park on Chattanooga's North Shore.

Kathy Hardy, 45, was shot and killed during an attempted robbery on a pier within the park at 150 River St. in the early morning hours of July 16, 2017.

Devonte Saddler

Devonte Saddler

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Devonte Saddler, 23, is charged with felony murder and especially aggravated robbery, according to a news release from Chattanooga police.

Hardy and her husband were on the pier around midnight when they were approached by three men who demanded all of their belongings, her husband told police in 2017.

Her husband narrowly escaped by jumping over the rail into the Tennessee River and swimming to shore.

Police arrived and found Hardy on the pier where she was pronounced dead.

During the investigation, police confirmed the existence of three suspects, though they said the killing was an isolated incident.

The first suspect, Tyree Corley, was arrested on July 27, 2017, and charged with first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery.

Corley tried to hang himself in the Hamilton County Jail the day after he was booked. He died shortly after at a local hospital.

Police have not identified the third suspect.

Saddler is being held in the Hamilton County Jail on a $2 million bond, according to online jail records.

He has an arrest record in Hamilton County dating back to 2015, including three theft charges, two drug-related charges and a recent domestic assault charge.

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