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Accused Bean Station killer indicted on new charges

Staff Report • Sep 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

RUTLEDGE — A Grainger County grand jury has indicted a man accused of killing two people and injuring two others in a Bean Station pharmacy robbery earlier this year on additional charges.

Jason Bryan Holt, 37, 29 Hightower Road, Bean Station, was indicted on two counts of first degree murder, two counts of attempted first degree murder, two counts of felony murder, five counts of aggravated assault, eight counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, six counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony and one count of especially aggravated robbery.

He was originally arrested minutes after the shooting occurred on May 23 and charged with murder, attempted murder and aggravated robbery. He has remained in jail without bond.

In a news release, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Holt entered the Down Home Pharmacy on Main Street and robbed the store at gunpoint of eight bottles of Oxycodone pills then shot all four occupants of the business.

The store owner, Steve Lovell, 43, Morristown, and a customer, Richard Sommerville, 72, Bean Station, were shot and killed. Two pharmacy employees, Janet Clift, 46, Rutledge, and Alexia Gail Wilson, 43, Morristown, were also shot but survived their injuries.

Holt is scheduled to be arraigned in court next Tuesday. He remained in the Grainger County Jail without bond.

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