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After 25 years, Arrest made in Georgia Murder Case; Tullahoma Police and Coffee Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Help

On Friday, September 4, 2020, at approximately 10:00 PM, Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) arrested Robert Allen Mowry, age 50, and charged him with one count of malice murder for the death of James Richard Harris, age 54, in December of 1994.

On Thursday, December 22, 1994, at approximately 9:00 AM, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s (GBI) Regional Office in Calhoun was requested by the Walker County Sheriff’s Office to assist in a death investigation. James Richard Harris was found deceased at the entrance to his property in Chickamauga, GA. Harris had been murdered and robbed as he was leaving for work. 

In 2009, investigators received information from Crime Stoppers about the murderer’s possible identity. The GBI, Walker County Sheriff’s Office, and the Chattanooga Police Department pursued additional leads which brought the case closer to a resolution; however, there was not enough evidence to make an arrest.   

In 2020, police developed new evidence following surveillances and interviews conducted by the GBI, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, the TBI, Tullahoma Police Department, Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, and the Nashville Police Department. This new evidence led to a match to evidence from the original crime scene. 

Over 25 years later, Mowry was taken into custody in Nashville, TN.  This joint investigation will be turned over to the Walker County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,445 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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