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curious

Fyffe, AL

#1 Jan 28, 2010
Does anyone remember anything about the murder of a couple up at lula lake in the 60's. I don't know the girl's name but the man was Pete Steele. Just curious about other people's take on this murder.
Tom

Cleveland, TN

#2 Mar 4, 2010
curious wrote:
Does anyone remember anything about the murder of a couple up at lula lake in the 60's. I don't know the girl's name but the man was Pete Steele. Just curious about other people's take on this murder.
I have been doing a little research about it. I grew up very close to where it happened. The boys name was Orville (Pete) Steele and the girl was Carolyn Newell. Seems they were students at Rossville High School. The murder happened just above Chattanooga Valley High School on 4-14-1963. The man that commited the murders was James Melvin Blevins. He was orginally convicted of the girls murder and sentenced to death. His sentenced was overturned on appeal and later found not guilty. The murder charge aganst the boy was dropped.
Joy Ritchie

Chattanooga, TN

#3 Apr 19, 2010
What ever happened to James Melvin Blevins
Clayton Brannon

United States

#4 Apr 21, 2010
Found a link to newspaper article relating to the arrest of James Melvin Blevins. The link is http://news.google.com/newspapers... The article is dated May 8th 1963 from the rome News-Tribune.
Clayton Brannon

United States

#5 Apr 21, 2010
See also this link. Great read about case. http://www.lawskills.com/case/id/160/32/index...
curious

Fyffe, AL

#6 May 4, 2010
Thanks so much. Pete was my dad's best friend. My dad passed away in 93' and because of this murder was always very worried about curfews and where his kids were going. I just wanted to know a little more about it.
Judy Williams

United States

#7 Sep 29, 2010
Joy Ritchie wrote:
What ever happened to James Melvin Blevins
he lives in Ringgold,Ga & Yes he did kill them. There is a lot more things that he did that is scarey. i know i lived throu some of it. I wasn't his friend at all.
Judy Williams

United States

#9 Nov 18, 2010
The busted paper that comes out every week has a James Blevins in it 2, 22, 2010 for harassment. Could that be James Melvin Blevins? It favors him. He is not the person you would want to be friends with.
Judy Williams

United States

#10 Nov 18, 2010
my husband worked with James Blevins at sweetwater rug company & James was bragging to him what he did to those two kids it was unreal. God has a place for him, just hope before he dies he turns his life over to GOD.
hurt

Morristown, TN

#11 Jan 3, 2011
Tom wrote:
<quoted text>I have been doing a little research about it. I grew up very close to where it happened. The boys name was Orville (Pete) Steele and the girl was Carolyn Newell. Seems they were students at Rossville High School. The murder happened just above Chattanooga Valley High School on 4-14-1963. The man that commited the murders was James Melvin Blevins. He was orginally convicted of the girls murder and sentenced to death. His sentenced was overturned on appeal and later found not guilty. The murder charge aganst the boy was dropped.
Wasn't found not guilty,chages dropped due to technicality court room procedures not followed.
hurt

Morristown, TN

#12 Jan 3, 2011
Due to research and personal involvement,Belivens as not found not guilty, he got off because of a technicality in the court room preceedings. When you go to serve on Grand jury in Walker Co. they use this case as an example of how people can get off if proper procedures are not carried out.
hurt

Morristown, TN

#13 Jan 3, 2011
Judy Williams wrote:
<quoted text> he lives in Ringgold,Ga & Yes he did kill them. There is a lot more things that he did that is scarey. i know i lived throu some of it. I wasn't his friend at all.
Does he still live in Ringgold i know he did when arrested judy would like to talk to you
Carolyn

Ringgold, GA

#14 Jan 12, 2011
I new the girl parents, they lived behind my mom, they could not get over their daughter's death. I was young, her parents name was Mabel and Scotty Newell. By what I understand there were other killings too on the same road. Not sure if they were by the killed by the same person or not. I will ask my mom I'm sure she would remember more about this than me. I think the girl killed also had a brother named Scotty, also. I used to think he was cute....Her parents are both dead now.
Dwight Swearengin

Chattanooga, TN

#15 Jan 16, 2011
hurt wrote:
<quoted text>
Wasn't found not guilty,chages dropped due to technicality court room procedures not followed.
Thanks to an Attorney named Colonel Frank Gleason who now has a bypass around Chickamauga Park named after him!
family member

Denver, NC

#16 Jan 22, 2011
Pete was my uncle that I never got to meet. My family is has never got over what happend, and the fact no justice was server. My uncle never got the chance to have a trial. Why couldn't they have a trial for him now, and use forensic evedence to find blevins guilty. I head they still had there clothing they wore in storage. Does anyboby have any imput?
family

Panama City, FL

#17 Jan 24, 2011
family member wrote:
Pete was my uncle that I never got to meet. My family is has never got over what happend, and the fact no justice was server. My uncle never got the chance to have a trial. Why couldn't they have a trial for him now, and use forensic evedence to find blevins guilty. I head they still had there clothing they wore in storage. Does anyboby have any imput?
Carolyn was my cousin, we have not gotten over this either i served on grand jury in walker county and they used this case a an example on how to hand down indicments properly.after the DA got thru I went up to him and told him I was kin to carolyn and he said was an interesting case to open back up i think they tried but some family members didnt want to go through again . i was 10 years old during this time i lived thru them hunting for her for two weeks not knowing what they would fing . My sister has located to box of evidence stored in walker county howver some of the pictures fell out of them and she said from what she saw she couldn't go through rest of them.I have worried for 40 something years about this. I worried for my children and for who ever lives around this man to this day I repeat i struggle with this everyday
It hurts me that these two had to die and nobody cared enought.
Lynda

Chickamauga, GA

#18 Feb 4, 2011
Is there a history written about these murders? Where was the High School located in 1963?
info

Mooresville, NC

#19 Feb 5, 2011
i have the closing remarks from all the attorny's at the first trial where was found guilty and sentenced to electric chair. also if you go to the chattanooga library you can get copies of all the news paper articles written at the time. Chattanooga Valley High SChool was located where the new middle school is now. They were found by some hunters who had just went hunting in the area, not a by searchers.If you google blevins verus state you can read how he accutaly got off in the appeal. TEchnicality jury picked in juuges chambers instead if open court, and one of the jurers was found to have donated to the aprahension and conviction of whoever did this hideous crime
more info

Dalton, GA

#20 Feb 6, 2011
Carolyn, not Pete, was a student at Rossville High.

After the original death penalty trial was overturned, there was a second trial. With the help of Blevin's attorney, much of the evidence from the first trial was thrown out for the subsequent trial. That same deceased attorney was extremely loud and aggressive at trial with all of the witnesses. These southern gentle folks were seemingly intimidated. Blevins was found to be not guilty.
info

Panama City, FL

#21 Feb 7, 2011
more info wrote:
Carolyn, not Pete, was a student at Rossville High.
After the original death penalty trial was overturned, there was a second trial. With the help of Blevin's attorney, much of the evidence from the first trial was thrown out for the subsequent trial. That same deceased attorney was extremely loud and aggressive at trial with all of the witnesses. These southern gentle folks were seemingly intimidated. Blevins was found to be not guilty.
never said went to chattanooga valley were found up dehind chattanooga valley go to blevins versus state

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