Attempted murder, drug charges headed to grand jury

Becky Campbell • Mar 26, 2012 at 11:41 PM

An attempted first-degree murder charge against Johnson City man will go to a grand jury after a preliminary hearing Monday.

Eric S. Sayers, 31, 1306 E. Myrtle St., is also charged with possession of crack cocaine for resale. Washington County Sessions Court Judge Robert Lincoln bound both cases over to a grand jury after hearing testimony from a victim and two police officers about the Feb. 28 incident.

Leslie Brewer testified she was driving the car Sayers is accused of shooting at around 4 p.m. that day. Brewer said she was parked on Whitney Street when an oncoming vehicle pulled up and fired a handgun.

Brewer said she doesn’t know how many times Sayers shot at her car, but she was certain he was the man with the gun.

Brewer also testified she doesn’t know Sayers and that before the incident, she had never seen him. Brewer’s boyfriend, Tyrone Taylor, was in the car with her.

He did not testify, apparently because he had to leave the courthouse for a job interview.

Two police officers also testified, one who found a revolver hidden behind a house after he had located a vehicle matching the suspect’s car. That vehicle was registered to Sayers, Officer Justin Jenkins said.

When he found the car, two witnesses nearby told him they saw two black males run from the car.

Another officer, Robert McCurry, testified he and a training officer were in the area where Jenkins found the car and were directed by other witnesses to Sayers and another man who were hiding in some bushes.

McCurry searched Sayers and said he found a baggie containing what he believed to be crack cocaine packaged in an eight-ball, a common size for selling.

At the time of his arrest, Sayers was on parole for convictions on criminal simulation and identity theft charges.

He’s now serving an 11-year sentence after his parole was revoked due to the new charges.

Sayers is scheduled to appear in Criminal Court on May 11.

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