The Toll

Tracking Chattanooga's Homicides


Chelsea Smith Hayes

Date: 05/13/12

Gender: Female

Age: 14

Race: Black

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Suspect(s): Carlos Juan Harrison, 18

Status: Suspect convicted

What happened:

Chelsea Smith Hayes, 14, is found dead in a wicker chair on an East Lake porch. Carlos Juan Harrison, 18, is charged with criminal homicide, aggravated rape and tampering with evidence. Harrison tells police he and the girl had sex and then fell asleep, and when he awoke she was unresponsive. He says he then moved her to the porch and put her in the chair, but could not explain how she died or how she got injuries on her neck. An autopsy report shows that Hayes was beaten to death. Harrison pleads guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated rape and is sentenced to 25 years on each count.

Read more:

Teen found dead on porch in Chattanooga, one arrested
Teen's body found on East Lake porch
Hamilton County medical examiner report says girl was beaten severely
Carlos Juan Harrison's attorney suggests diabetes caused teen's death
Chattanooga man charged in teen girl's death headed to grand jury

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