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.

Attorneys say ineffective counsel, police misconduct support defendant's bid for new trial in 2010 murder-robbery case

Published Aug. 12 2018

Eight years ago, prosecutors say, Unjolee Moore drove three associates to and from a fatal home invasion at the British...

East Ridge police chief asks for new SWAT equipment, cars after union raises concerns

Published Aug. 10 2018

The East Ridge Police Department made progress Thursday night on getting officers the equipment needed to do their jobs. But...

Prosecutors say police validations should be OK'd in gang injunction case

Published Aug. 8 2018

Attorneys continued to spar this week over "gang validation forms" as they wait for a judge's final order in a...

Defense attorney moves to suppress any evidence before 2012 in gang racketeering case

Published Aug. 7 2018

Some defense attorneys say prosecutors shouldn't include any evidence from before 2012 in their 54-person gang racketeering case because it...

Judge sends radio host Jeff Styles' vandalism, assault charges to grand jury

Published Aug. 7 2018

A Chattanooga radio host's charges that he instigated a road rage incident that led to him being shot in the...

Civil claims in Ooltewah rape case headed to trial

Published Aug. 6 2018

Two civil claims made by the 2015 Ooltewah High School rape and sexual assault victims are going to trial later...

Immigration attorneys, indictments allege fraud by local businesswoman against undocumented community

Published Aug. 3 2018

Chattanooga immigration advocates say a 47-year-old businesswoman has been defrauding local undocumented people by taking their money, pretending to work...

Marc Gravitt wins register of deeds race

Published Aug. 2 2018

After nearly 25 years with Pam Hurst at the helm, the Hamilton County register of deeds office has a new...

Grand jury to hear charges against man accused in fatal 2017 drug deal

Published Aug. 1 2018

A 22-year-old's charges that he robbed and killed a college student during a 2017 drug deal are moving onto the...

Prosecutors move to revoke bail for some people in RICO case, while defense attorneys renew their calls to dismiss

Published Jul. 30 2018

As defense attorneys continue to request specific information on the alleged crimes that landed their clients on the state's 54-person...

Grandmother charged in fatal 2017 stabbing pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter

Published Jul. 27 2018

A 53-year-old grandmother who fatally stabbed a man in 2017 pleaded guilty Thursday, was sentenced to a four-year term and...

Special counsel finds Brent Lambert ethics complaint unfounded

Published Jul. 26 2018

The city of East Ridge's special ethics officer has found the ethics complain against Mayor Brent Lambert unsubstantiated, according to...


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Nashville judge sends Woodmore school bus driver's rape charge to grand jury

Published Jul. 26 2018

A General Sessions Court judge sent Johnthony Walker's rape case to a grand jury after a short preliminary hearing here...

Hamilton County judicial candidate sues contractor over uninstalled political signs

Published Jul. 25 2018

A candidate for a Hamilton County judgeship is suing a political signs installer, saying he failed to uphold his end...

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...