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Police: Felon dead after fatally beating wife and raping fifteen-year-old girl

Published On: May 23 2013 07:44:12 AM CDT
Updated On: May 23 2013 04:14:34 PM CDT
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -

Police say a Chattanooga felon shot himself after fatally beating his pregnant wife and raping a 15-year-old girl in the same day.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported a Hamilton County Sheriff's Office affidavit stating 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.