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Preliminary hearings set for 3 charged in Johnson City home invasion, shooting

March 14th, 2014 10:40 am by Becky Campbell

Preliminary hearings set for 3 charged in Johnson City home invasion, shooting

Preliminary hearings for two men charged in a home invasion robbery and a man charged with shooting one of them are scheduled for next week in Washington County Sessions Court.

The case involves Matthew Dylan Norris, 19, 622 E. Maple St., and Brian O’Neill Beco, 31, Jonesborough, who are both charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000 in the March 4 incident at 293 South Austin Springs Road, Apt. 95.

A man who lives there, Joshua Stevens, 19, is jailed on an attempted second-degree murder charge because he allegedly shot at the men — and hit Norris — as they fled. Norris was taken to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment, where he remained until he was discharged Tuesday.

During the robbery and shooting investigation, Johnson City police said they learned that another victim of the robbery, Benjamin Tyson, said Stevens gave him the gun and a bag of ammunition and told him to hide it in his car.

When officers searched that vehicle, they found “the bag that was believed to be ammo was a zip-lock bag containing 752 white whole pills with ‘Xanax’ on one side & a ‘2’ on the other, and seven white half-pills,” according to the affidavit.

Beco and Norris were both set for a preliminary hearing Thursday, but their attorneys — Nikki Himebaugh for Beco and Gene Scott for Norris — asked for the case to be rest until next week.

They are now scheduled for a hearing Wednesday at 9 a.m. Stevens, represented by Lisa Rice, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday at 9 a.m.

All three men remain jailed. Stevens has a $200,000 bond, Beco has an $80,000 bond and Norris has a $122,500 bond on all his charges.

Additionally, Norris pleaded guilty by a best-interest plea to a violation of probation charge Thursday. He asked Judge Robert Lincoln to allow him to serve that 11 month, 29 day sentence.

New charges against Norris in two church burglaries filed Thursday are also pending. The warrants were not returned to the clerk’s office as being served, so it’s likely he will be arraigned on those charges today.

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