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Guilty plea set in case linked to police slaying

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A man facing federal charges as an accessory after the fatal shooting of a Chattanooga police officer has made a deal with prosecutors and plans to plead guilty.

Court records show James David Poteete of Antioch plans to change his not guilty plea Wednesday at a hearing in Chattanooga.

Poteete faces charges related to the April 2 slaying of Chattanooga police Sgt. Tim Chapin during a pawn shop robbery.

Jesse Mathews was arrested as a Colorado fugitive and is charged with fatally shooting the officer.

Mathews's mother, father and sister also face related federal charges.

Poteete has been identified as a family acquaintance. His attorney, Gene Shiles, did not return a telephone message seeking comment Tuesday.

Records show the fugitive's sister, Rachel Mathews, has also made a plea deal.

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