CHATTANOOGA (TIMES FREE PRESS) - The parents of a 26-year-old man indicted on charges he killed a Chattanooga police sergeant have decided to plead guilty to helping their fugitive son before and after the killing.
Federal prosecutors charged Kathleen and Ray Mathews just weeks after police had arrested their son Jesse Mathews on April 2. Each faced 11 counts including: tampering with a witness, victim or informant; accessory after the fact; withholding information on a crime; and selling firearms to addicts, felons, fugitives.
Prosecutors also charged Kathleen Mathews with three counts of unlawful transport of firearms. In their arraignment hearings each pleaded not guilty.
The pair have a change of plea hearing set for Sept. 21, according to court documents.