A man was convicted of second-degree murder on Friday for choking a woman to death at a local motel in 2016.

Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Bruce Garner says a jury found 56-year-old Mark Howard guilty in the death of 34-year-old Jeanette Scholten at the Chatt Inn on E. 23rd Street.

Garner says evidence show that Howard was the last person in Scholten’s room before she was found dead.

Garner says Howard was linked to the murder by text messages and surveillance video found by detectives with the Chattanooga Police Department.

During Howard’s 3-day trial, Garner says Dr. Steven Cogswell with the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office testified that the victim died from strangulation.

Garner says as Class A offender, Howard faces a possible prison sentence of 15 to 60 years, with the condition that he serve 85% of the sentence he receives.

Howard is scheduled to appear court for sentencing on January 7, 2020.

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