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Jury drops attempted murder charge in Carter Co. police chase verdict

May 14th, 2013 5:10 pm by John Thompson

Jury drops attempted murder charge in Carter Co. police chase verdict

ELIZABETHTON — A Carter County juror decided against an attempted murder charge today for a man involved in a police chase through four jurisdictions in 2011, opting instead for a reckless endangerment conviction.
Travis Grover Richardson, 30, also was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, two counts of evading arrest creating a risk of death and criminal simulation.
He had been charged with attempted second-degree murder, but the jury convicted him of the lesser included charge of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.
Richardson is accused of attempting to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at the IGA in the Betsytowne Shopping Center in Elizabethton. When officers attempted to take him into custody, he allegedly fought with them, then fled toward Stateline Road and stole a 1994 Jeep Cherokee.
The chase went from Stateline onto U.S. Highway 19E south to Hampton. The pursuit continued to Gap Creek Road, Dry Creek Road, Sciota Road and into Unicoi County to Highway 107 and South Roan Street before the Jeep was forced off the road in south Johnson City.
Keep visiting JohnsonCityPress.com and read Wednesday's print edition for more details from today's trial and verdicts.

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