Chattanooga police arrest, charge man in Wilcox Blvd homicide case


Chattanooga Police have arrested and charged 20-year-old Desmond Trammell with the homicide of Desmond Clay. Clay was found with gunshot wounds in an SUV that had crashed into a Wilcox Boulevard business in July.

An ambulance rushed Clay to the hospital, where he later died of his injuries. Clay was 39.

Police have charged Trammell with criminal homicide, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.

Trammell is in custody and is being booked into the Hamilton County Jail.

A police affidavit provided to NewsChannel 9 about the case.

It says investigators learned that surveillance footage revealed a white Hyundai Sonata behind Clay's car, both of which were parked at 803 East 49th Street.

Officers went to the scene, which was in front of Trammell's residence, and found him sitting in the same car.

The affidavit says Trammell was live on Facebook when the officer approached him. Police took him in for questioning after determining the Sonata matched the description in the surveillance video.

The affidavit says Trammell told police he got a call from someone referred to in the affidavit as an "unknown party," who asked him to bring his gun to meet up with the victim. He says he did so, and told police that they went to meet Clay and the "unknown party" shot him with Trammell's handgun.

Back at the traffic stop, police noticed the butt of a gun in Trammell's center console. Trammell later told investigators this was the weapon used to kill Clay. Trammell admitted to bringing the gun to the meeting with Clay and chasing Clay along with the "unknown party" to the place where he was shot dead. The affidavit says video surveillance captured some of these actions.

Police then charged Trammell with criminal homicide.

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Depend on us for more details as we learn them.

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