The reporters thought they were the good guys: Chattanooga is one of the most dangerous cities in America, and their series for The Times Free Press was creating pressure for local officials to do something about it.
Just one month ago the paper was bragging about the initial results of its Speak No Evil series: Police arrested “32 of the worst of the worst” in this city of 176,000 and the newspaper obliged by putting their pictures on the front page.
Everyone arrested was black.
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And: Update on the Erb murders
More Via Daily Mail :Haley had worked for Todd Erb’s family business Sundown Gardens, a nursery and gardening facility, for about three months. However he had been fired in June for ‘attendance problems’.
The court documents claim Haley bragged to a friend that he ‘bashed (the victims’) heads in with some cement or something’ and that he was angry for getting fired.
Authorities said Haley stole white pearl earrings, an iPhone 5, a gold-colored chain and two Chase bank cards belonging to the Erbs.
Haley gave the cards to a friend, who then used them at Crown Liquors and a CVS, the affidavit said.
Haley had been to the Erb home before, the affidavit said, and several months ago had talked about robbing the Erbs with a gun.