Two more indicted in Johnson City murder

Becky Campbell • Sep 25, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Two more people were indicted earlier this month in a Johnson City murder outside an apartment complex — including the brother of the man already charged.

Joshua Gergish, 30, and Chavez Mintal Hunter, 21, are now charged along with Gergish’s brother, 35-year-old Marcus Gergish, with felony murder and three counts of attempted aggravated robbery in the April 3 shooting death of 47-year-old Timothy Peregoy Sr.

Joshua Gergish and Hunter were served with the warrants earlier this week at the Washington County Detention Center, where they are being held on other charges.

All three were indicted by a Washington County grand jury on Sept. 4, but Joshua Gergish and Hunter’s cases were sealed indictments, also called presentments, because they had not been previously charged like Marcus Gergish.

He was arrested within hours of Peregoy’s death outside an apartment complex on Nathaniel Drive. The shooting and attempted robbery were preceded by a drug transaction in Peregoy Sr.’s son’s apartment, according to Johnson City police investigators.

When Peregoy Sr. and his wife, Dawna Peregoy, started to leave and go home, they were attacked at their vehicle, according to witness statements.

“We knew there were two other people involved,” said Assistant District Attorney General Erin McArdle. “Investigators were able to identify the other two suspects through witness accounts of what happened that night.”

Witnesses to the shooting said they heard an altercation and saw Peregoy sitting in the driver’s seat of his vehicle and Marcus Gergish pointing a handgun at him.

Marcus Gergish apparently saw the witnesses, pointed the gun at them and then back at Peregoy Sr. They overheard Marcus Gergish tell Peregoy to “Give it up, give it up,” before witnesses heard two shots. Marcus Gergish and another person ran from the scene, police said.

“Marcus Gergish went into the apartment and Joshua Gergish and Chavez Hunter were waiting outside,” McArdle said. “When the family went outside, they were jumped.”

In July, Joshua Gergish was arrested on two other warrants — aggravated robbery and an outstanding warrant charging him with coercion of a witness.

The coercion case stems from the Peregoy murder. Joshua Gergish is accused of following a young girl through the apartment complex where the shooting occurred and threatening her family. The girl’s father is reportedly a witness in the murder case.

Hunter also has other charges unrelated to the murder. He was already jailed on one count each of especially aggravated robbery and aggravated robbery.

Hunter and two other men are accused of two home invasion robberies on Southwest Avenue and West Maple Street.

Those cases are still pending in Washington County Sessions Court and are set for Nov. 1.

In the murder case, Marcus Gergish has a court hearing Oct. 18. He’s being held on a $100,000 bond. Joshua Gergish and Hunter are scheduled to appear in Criminal Court Nov. 18. They are each being held on a $500,000 bond.

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