Zack Peterson (Reporter)

Phone: 423-756-6900
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.

Different jury again convicts man of murder in 2011 East Ridge slaying

Published Jul. 20 2018

A 50-year-old man is returning to life in prison after jurors convicted him Friday of first-degree murder in the 2011...

Defendant denies slaying elderly woman in 2011 during retrial

Published Jul. 19 2018

Defense attorneys plan to finish putting on their case Friday in a 2011 East Ridge slaying that was overturned by...

Prosecution shows zip ties that allegedly link man to 2011 East Ridge slaying

Published Jul. 18 2018

The prosecutor Wednesday carried a bulky bag to the police officer sitting on the witness stand. Across the room, Randall...


Prosecution begins proof in retrial of 2011 East Ridge woman slaying

Published Jul. 17 2018

It was a neighbor who found Jane Stokes on the floor of her East Ridge home on June 15, 2011.

Prosecution introduces initial police statements in 2016 double homicide; defense cites rush to judgment

Published Jul. 13 2018

As they continue to prosecute a 34-year-old man accused of double homicide at a 2016 house party, state attorneys Friday...

Prosecutors allege witness intimidation, introduce forensic evidence at 2016 double homicide trial

Published Jul. 12 2018

Chattanooga prosecutors expanded on their presentation of evidence Thursday against a 34-year-old man on trial for double homicide, calling a...

State calls eyewitnesses in 2016 Labor Day weekend double homicide trial

Published Jul. 11 2018

A Chattanooga man committed double homicide in 2016 because he felt disrespected during an evening of partying, prosecutors argued Wednesday....

Jury selected for 2016 Labor Day weekend double homicide trial

Published Jul. 10 2018

After a Tuesday full of questioning, a jury is ready to hear the trial of a Chattanooga man accused of...

East Ridge police union says they lack basic equipment to do their job

Published Jul. 10 2018

If you ask the union, the police department here has been a mismanaged ship for the last four years.

Chattanooga judge revokes bond for Johnthony Walker in Woodmore case

Published Jul. 9 2018

A Hamilton County Criminal Court judge Monday revoked Johnthony Walker's bond in his criminal vehicular homicide case in Chattanooga.

Lawsuit: Hamilton County jailers didn't monitor man who hanged himself in 2017

Published Jul. 7 2018

Hamilton County Jail staff neglected to help a 2017 murder suspect who showed signs of mental anguish before hanging himself...

Judge rules victims' police statement can be shown during upcoming murder trial

Published Jul. 6 2018

A man accused of shooting and killing two people during a early morning party in 2016 is going to trial...

Beth Harwell wants to continue strong fiscal record with gubernatorial run

Published Jul. 5 2018

In her role as Tennessee's speaker of the House and now as a Republican candidate for governor, Beth Harwell is...

Chattanooga man accused of raping 69-year-old man asks for new trial

Published Jul. 3 2018

A 20-year-old man recently sentenced to eight years in a 2014 sexual assault case is asking for a new trial.

Defense attorney renews call to suppress gang validation forms in East Lake Courts case

Published Jun. 30 2018

While awaiting a judge's final order in a civil nuisance case that aims to keep 31 alleged gang members from...

Second suspect in 2009 slaying receives bond amount, hearing to come

Published Jun. 29 2018

A 23-year-old woman charged in a 2009 murder that she allegedly participated in as a teenager received a bond Thursday.

Judge tells prosecutors to turn over evidence in some RICO cases

Published Jun. 26 2018

About 15 defendants in the state's massive racketeering indictment against the Athens Park Bloods gang will receive more specifics on...

Slaying suspect in Chattanooga cold case receives public defender, pleads not guilty

Published Jun. 22 2018

A 36-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges related to a 2009 slaying.

Court date for driver in Woodmore crash on rape charge rescheduled

Published Jun. 21 2018

A hearing on an aggravated statutory rape charge for the man convicted in the fatal 2016 Woodmore school bus crash...

Woman charged with homicide in Orange Grove van death is given probation

Published Jun. 20 2018

The Orange Grove Center driver charged with criminally negligent homicide in the 2017 death of a mentally disabled man pleaded...