Contractor points finger at suspect at trial

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The head of a Chattanooga-area construction company has testified that he immediately recognized the man that ATM cameras showed making withdrawals from the bank account of an elderly employee who had been smothered to death.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press is reporting Chris Moffitt, of Moffitt Construction, told jurors that he had hired that man to do repairs on his long-time employee's house. The woman, 70-year-old Jane Stokes, was found dead at her East Ridge home in June of 2011.

Randall Reed is accused of binding the woman's hands and placing cellophane over her head during a robbery. He is being tried this week on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated robbery. He has denied killing her.

Moffitt said Reed would have known that Stokes' lived alone


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