Attempted first degree murder case sent to grand jury
Tuesday afternoon, Matthew Sisson, 45, walked into a Hamilton County courtroom dressed in an orange jumpsuit and shackles. It was Sisson’s turn to go before Judge Christie Sell during a probable cause hearing. Sisson is facing one count of attempted first degree murder.
The victim in the case is James Gann. Last October, Gann nearly died after being stabbed multiple times in the neck and upper torso. It happened outside a gas station in the 4500 block of Rossville Blvd.
A key eye-witness in the case not only identified Sisson as the stabber, but also described to the court how it happened.
"With a knife in his right hand, he drew back like such; very quick, just like this and drew it back. Did he strike the person in front of you? Yes. He struck Mr. Gann in the upper region more toward the neck," said the witness who gave testimony.
Gann could have died at the scene had it not been for Tamara Gant-Pope, who immediately administered aid before paramedics arrived.
"I kept the pressure on his neck to keep him from bleeding out," Pope said.
Gann was rushed to Erlanger where he underwent life saving surgery. As for the moment right after the stabbing, the eye-witness described what happened.
"Mr. Sisson at that time started running behind the building toward the McDonald’s with another gentlemen chasing behind him as well as Mr. Gann’s black dog named Turbo," said the witness.
According to Chattanooga Police, video surveillance placed Sisson at the scene of the crime. The lead investigators told the court that during interrogation, Gann denied any wrongdoing.
"He said he didn’t know anything about an assault and that he didn’t witness an assault," said the investigator.
In the end, Judge Sell decided the testimony was so overwhelming that she bound the case over to a grand jury.
Sisson remains behind bars on a $300,000 bond.
His next court date is February 16th.