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Hearing put off in shooting case after alleged home invasion

March 17th, 2014 9:26 pm by Becky Campbell

Hearing put off in shooting case after alleged home invasion

Joshua A. Stevens

A preliminary hearing scheduled in an attempted murder case was delayed Monday because the arresting officer is out on maternity leave, the defense attorney in the case said.

Joshua A. Stevens, 19, 293 Austin Springs Road, Apt. 95, is charged with attempted second-degree murder, reckless endangerment and possession of schedule IV narcotics for resale. He’s been jailed on $200,000 bond since his arrest March 4 in an incident that began as a home invasion robbery in which Stevens and three others were the victims.

The incident happened at Stevens’ apartment when he, Benjamin Tyson and two women were there and two other men — Matthew Dylan Norris, 19, 622 E. Maple St., and Brian O’Neill Beco, 31, Jonesborough — allegedly forced their way in and robbed them.

As Beco and Norris fled, Stevens is accused of shooting at them from his apartment. Police said Norris was hit by one of the bullets.

Beco and Norris are also in custody on charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000.

On Monday, Stevens’ attorney, Lisa Rice, told Sessions Court Judge Don Arnold she’d learned the officer couldn’t be in court and the case would need to be reset. Rice and Assistant District Attorney Pro Tem David Baker, from Greene County, agreed on June 5.

Baker is involved in the case because Stevens’ father is a retired Johnson City police officer and his mother worked at the DA’s office in Jonesborough for nearly 20 years.

District Attorney General Tony Clark removed his office from prosecuting the case and Baker was appointed for that job.

Stevens pleaded guilty to other pending charges, getting 107 days in jail on two violations of probation and 11 months, 29 days in jail, suspended to probation, on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rice asked Arnold to reduce Stevens’ bond, but the judge said he would take that under consideration at the preliminary hearing, since Stevens is serving the probation violation sentence and can’t get out anyway.

The violations also terminated an agreement of judicial diversion in those cases.

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