Editor's Note: Press Staff Writer Becky Campbell is reporting live from the attempted murder trial for three people accused of running down a Washington County sheriff’s deputy more than a year ago. Follow her on Twitter @CampbellinCourt.
Testimony is set to resume this morning in the case of three people accused of running down a Washington County deputy more than a year ago.
Dalvin Stephens, 20; Reginald Dewayne Smith, 43; and Ashley Nicole McGraw, 19, all of Johnson City, are charged with attempted first-degree murder and attempted aggravated robbery.
Smith faces additional charges of unlawful possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence. Stephens faces additional charges of reckless endangerment, evading arrest and leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries.
The charges stem from a Jan. 2, 2012, incident that police say started with a robbery, led to a police pursuit and ended with Deputy Gary Daugherty being hit by the car driven by Stephens.
On Monday, the jury heard testimony from two men, Eric McElyea and Daniel Hylmon, the two men who said Smith came into their home on Sand Valley Road with a gun and demanded money and drugs.
Smith eventually left with neither. McElyea and Hylmon got a description of the vehicle Smith got into and called 911.
Deputy Lee Cross got behind the car, a red Cavalier, and attempted to stop it on Highway 81S. Cross testified Monday that he was in radio contact with Daugherty, who had set up to throw out spike strips in an attempt to flatten the vehicle’s tires.
But as the vehicle approached Daugherty’s position as the officer was throwing out the strip, the vehicle veered to the left and hit Daugherty.
Smith’s defense attorney, Jerry Fabus, contends his client was actually trying to miss the strip and Daugherty when the officers stumbled back and into the path of the car.