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Murder case against Christopher Walton going to criminal court

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The murder case against a known gang member is going to criminal court.

Christopher Walton, 20, was arrested and charged with first degree murder, reckless endangerment and two counts of aggravated assault.

Judge David Bales found enough evidence in Tuesday's preliminary hearing to send the case to criminal court where Walton will be judged bu a jury of peers.

Chattanooga police say Walton shot and killed Jordan Clark, 20, on August 25 on Willow Street. Another man, 37-year-old Verandus Adair, was wounded in the shooting and treated by emergency responders at the scene.

Detective Matthew Puglise testified that several witnesses identified the suspect's vehicle. The white PT Cruiser was spotted a short time after the shooting driving at a high rate of speed toward the Brainerd area.

Walton is a member of the Rollin 20 Blood gang which is said to be feuding recently with the Rollin 40 Crips gang, of which Clark was a member.

Puglise also testified he interviewed Walton the night of the murder and smelled a strong odor of bleach on his hands. Walton claimed to have been doing laundry but Judge Bales found enough evidence to send the case to the grand jury. He remains in jail on more than $1.3 million bond.

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