Family members of a girl shot and killed say they won't be satisfied until her accused murderer is behind bars forever.
A Hamilton County judge found enough evidence Tuesday morning for the case against Taylor Satterfield to go before a grand jury. Satterfield is accused of murdering his girlfriend in front of their two small children last month.
Amy Smartt, a tearful mother, sat front row in court - looking on - as the man accused of killing her daughter stood before a judge.
Smartt has taken on the difficult task of raising her grandkids -- after her daughter was murdered.
"I have custody of the kids temporarily, and I'm going to be taken care of them until all of this gets....I'm going to be taken care of them," said Smartt.
A month after Keiarra Patton's death, this mother still grieves the loss of her daughter -- who she says had a promising future, raising her children and going to nursing school.
When we asked Smartt if she was satisfied she said, "If he gets jail forever, that's the only way." We asked her if Patton's accused murderer deserves to be in jail forever, Smartt says, "Hell yeah. I'm sorry but yes, that's what he deserves."
Tuesday in court, even the judge weighed in from the bench.
"There are two kids today who will grow up without their mother and presumably without their father because of domestic violence," said Hamilton County Sessions Court judge Lila Statom.
Chattanooga Police Detective Matthew Puglise says he responded to College Hill Courts shortly after Satterfield's girlfriend was gunned down. Satterfield told police he and Patton had been dating for the past five years and that he stayed with her occasionally.
"He's dangerous. He shot that girl and those kids were in the house. That's dangerous," said Smartt.
Detectives say Satterfield gave three different versions of what happened. They say he hid his weapon shortly after shooting Patton in the head with a 40-caliber gun.
"He only explained his second version, after we advised him that we found the weapon. And I didn't explain where we found it, but I did advise that we found it," said Puglise.
Detective Puglise also pointed out in court Tuesday that Satterfield had started dating another girl.
We're not sure what part that may play in this case. A trial date has not yet been set. Tuesday, Satterfield's lawyer declined to comment.
By Jerry Askin