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Tennessee cold case detectives rearrest suspect first accused 11 years ago of fatally shooting store owner: cops

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Source: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

Mar. 10 2022, Published 1:29 p.m. ET

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Authorities in Tennessee have re-arrested a man in connection to an unsolved murder at a store 11 years ago.

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Chattanooga police took Antonio DeJong Espey Jr., 28, into custody and accused him of the cold case death of Herbert Strickland at Big K Market, officials announced.

In May 2011, police believed Strickland, who owned the business, was shot in the head while he was trying to protect a store clerk from the alleged gunman, WDEF-TV reported.

Espey was named a suspect in the case a short time later, but prosecutors were unable to take the case to court and he was never convicted of the crime.

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According to law enforcement officials, the District Attorney’s Cold Case Unit rearrested Espey after investigators recently uncovered new developments related to the deadly incident.

Espey was being held on $500,000 bond, jail records show.

He is scheduled to next appear in court on March 31.

arrest in  murder
Source: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

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