Grand jury indicts brothers on charges in November shooting

Becky Campbell • Jan 8, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Two brothers were indicted by a Washington County grand jury this week on charges related to a shooting in November.

Josh Hammonds, 20, and Jeffrey Hammonds, 27, were each indicted on two counts of attempted first-degree murder for injuries to Robert Ellis in a Nov. 9 shooting. They are also accused of shooting at Ellis’ uncle.

Jeffrey Hammonds was originally bound over to the grand jury on accessory after the fact after a preliminary hearing, but the grand jury indicted him on the attempted murder charge.

The incident began around 4:30 p.m. along Glendale Road as Ellis was walking from his house to his mother’s house down the road.

The Hammonds brothers allegedly confronted Ellis after they drove past him, then backed up and got out of their vehicle.

According to court documents, Jeffrey Hammonds got out and began arguing with him and accusing him of “calling the law on them.” Ellis denied doing that, but when Josh Hammonds got out and both brothers came toward him, Ellis said he ran to his mom’s.

About 10 minutes later, the Hammondses drove up to Ellis’ mother’s home and confronted him again.

According to court documents, Josh Hammonds had a handgun and approached him and started shooting. Ellis said Hammonds fired three shots and Ellis turned and ran into a nearby shed.

Ellis’ uncle testified he saw the whole thing and after Ellis ran into the shed, Hammonds turned the gun toward him and fired toward his feet, but the bullet hit the ground.

After the shots were fired, the Hammondses left in a black Trans Am. The Hammondses were located by Kingsport police the next day and officers found .22-caliber ammunition in the black Trans Am.

The Hammondses are scheduled to appear in Criminal Court on Jan. 22. Josh Hammonds is jailed on $50,000 bond. Jeffrey Hammonds is free on $10,000 bond.

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