- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The mother of a 1-year-old shooting victim has been fatally shot, four months before she was to testify against the man accused of paralyzing her daughter.

News organizations report that 26-year-old Bianca Horton was found dead on the side of a road Wednesday morning.

Horton had been a witness in the case against Cortez Sims, who is accused of shooting her daughter, Zoey Duncan, in Jan. 2015.

Sims’ trial is scheduled for Sept. 27, 2016. Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher says authorities are concerned her shooting may be related to the upcoming trial.

Melydia Clewell, a spokeswoman for District Attorney General Neal Pinkston, did not comment on Horton’s role in the case against Sims.

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