Hamilton Co. Sheriff: Man who killed wife, self also raped teen

7:53 AM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A felon who police say shot himself to death after fatally beating his pregnant wife also raped a 15-year-old girl the same day.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported a Hamilton County Sheriff's Office affidavit stated 34-year-old Terry Lee Releford duct taped the teen and held a gun on her while assaulting her.

Police said Releford beat his pregnant wife so savagely that they couldn't determine whether she might have also been shot. Tammy Hale Releford was found dead in the couple's home near Soddy-Daisy on Sunday. She was 35.

Terry Releford was found at a motel in Calhoun, Ga., and fatally shot himself as police tried to talk him out.

Releford served 15 years in prison for sexual attacks on two Bradley County women when he was 18.

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