Zack Peterson (Reporter)

Phone: 423-756-6900
E-mail: zpeterson@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
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.

Jurors find Jason Sanford not guilty in 2000 homicide of his ex-girlfriend

Published Feb. 15 2019

After deliberating about four hours Friday, a Hamilton County jury found a 45-year-old Michigan man not guilty of strangling his...

Prosecutors detail inconsistency that led to charges in woman's 2000 murder, but defense says it was bad memory

Published Feb. 14 2019

The last time Jason Sanford claims he spoke with Sarah Perry, the 21-year-old had just gotten out of a psychiatric...

Defense attorneys for man on trial for June 2000 homicide say initial investigation had holes in it

Published Feb. 13 2019

Chattanooga prosecutors Wednesday continued to establish the initial case that local investigators built against a Michigan man now standing trial...


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Trial begins of man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in 2000, stuffing her in East Ridge trash can

Published Feb. 12 2019

Tuesday marked the start of a the trial of a Michigan man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and stuffing her...

Appeals court upholds former Cleveland firefighter's employee rights claim after he says he was unlawfully fired

Published Feb. 12 2019

The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently handed a victory to a former Cleveland, Tennessee, firefighter who has been challenging his...

Police oversight debate hits Chattanooga: Leaders still hashing out a model with police chief's help, as some propose referendum vote

Published Feb. 10 2019

As Tennessee lawmakers began pushing last week to restrict police oversight board power, some Chattanooga leaders suggested putting the issue...

District attorney to dismiss any cases that 'rely solely' on testimony of officer at center of filmed traffic beating

Published Feb. 7 2019

Any criminal cases that rely solely on the testimony of Chattanooga Police Officer Benjamin Piazza will be dismissed, Hamilton County...

Chattanooga police officer put on paid leave for filmed beating returns to desk duty, presenting criminal cases

Published Feb. 6 2019

A Chattanooga police officer suspended last month for punching and cursing a motorist has since been placed on desk duty...

Chattanooga man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide, DUI in fatal 2016 crash that claimed life of a 29-year-old mom

Published Feb. 5 2019

A Chattanooga man is going to prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to a 12-year vehicular homicide sentence for the 2016...

Judge dismisses kidnapping charge against former Chattanooga officer accused of fondling a woman he cited for theft, sends other charge to grand jury

Published Feb. 4 2019

A judge today dismissed a kidnapping charge against former Chattanooga police officer Benjamin Dessalines and sent his remaining sexual battery...

Lawsuit says Chattanooga police entered man's home without warrant, held him at gunpoint and 'lost' his internal affairs complaint

Published Feb. 1 2019

A lawsuit filed Friday alleges Chattanooga Police Department officers held a man at gunpoint after entering his home without a...

Lawsuit claims Hamilton County deputies nearly killed 53-year-old man in unnecessary shooting

Published Jan. 31 2019

A 53-year-old man says Hamilton County deputies nearly killed him when they shot him without cause during an arrest last...


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Hamilton County prosecutors ask defense attorneys in gang case to sign confidentiality agreements in effort to stop leaks

Published Jan. 30 2019

Death threats and a handful of evidence leaks in a 55-person gang racketeering conspiracy case have Hamilton County prosecutors making...

Chattanooga police excessive force case raises questions about body camera storage, sharing

Published Jan. 27 2019

Three cases of alleged police brutality have roiled Hamilton County over the last three months. But a common thread among...

Hamilton County district attorney dismisses charges against man beaten by officer as NAACP calls for accountability

Published Jan. 23 2019

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is probing a Chattanooga officer's violent traffic stop for possible assault, misconduct and oppression, and...

District Attorney Neal Pinkston asks TBI to investigate filmed traffic stop while NAACP calls for body cameras for sheriff's deputies

Published Jan. 23 2019

District Attorney General Neal Pinkston has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into body camera footage that shows...

Internal complaints allege lying, pranking, excessive force by Chattanooga police officer under investigation for punching man at traffic stop

Published Jan. 23 2019

A Chattanooga police officer under investigation for punching a man several times during a recent traffic stop has a history...

Settlement reached in estate case of late Astec Industries CEO J. Don Brock

Published Jan. 21 2019

A will contest involving five adopted siblings who say their stepmother removed them from multimillion-dollar estate of late Astec Industries...

Chattanooga officer placed on paid leave pending internal review into filmed traffic stop, beating

Published Jan. 18 2019

A Chattanooga police officer has been placed on paid leave with pay and is under internal investigation after body camera...

Haslam grants hitman clemency for 1994 murder-for-hire plot that also left a woman permanently injured

Published Jan. 18 2019

On his last day in office, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted clemency and commuted several individuals' sentences, including a Hamilton...