Cold Case Unit arrests suspect in 11 year old Big K murder

Police: Store owner was gunned down trying to shield a clerk

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Prosecutors now think they can make the case against a suspect in a 2011 murder that they couldn’t make back then.

In May of that year, Herbert Strickland was gunned down at the Big K Market on Dodson Avenue.

He was the owner, and police in 2011 thought he may have been trying to shield a clerk when he was shot in the head.

Antonio Espey, Jr. was arrested for the murder later that year, but never convicted.

Now the District Attorney’s Cold Case Unit has re-arrested him.

Officers converged on a public works building Wednesday morning after a grand jury returned an indictment against Espey on Tuesday.

Officials say the cold case unit has uncovered new developments in the case.

At the time of the original shooting, then-police chief Bobby Dodd said “it’s another senseless shooting. There’s nothing that we know of, at this point that ties him to any of these problems that we’re having..drugs, guns..youth violence..but we have another dead citizen in Chattanooga.”

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Now and Then mug shots

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