Accused Unicoi Co. gunman still has no attorney, held without bond

Brad Hicks • Apr 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM

ERWIN - Keenan Shepherd, the Bristol man arrested last week after allegedly pointing a gun at a woman and attempting to steal cars in a Unicoi County community, will continue to be held without bond pending his next court appearance.

Shepherd, 22, 321 Lynwood Street, Bristol, appeared briefly in Unicoi County General Sessions Court on Thursday. Shepherd was arrested by Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley on March 26 and was charged with felony vandalism, possession of a schedule VI drug for resale, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during a felony act, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and attempted auto theft over $1,000.

Shepherd made his initial appearance in Sessions Court on March 27. At that time, he advised Judge David Shults that he intended to hire an attorney, and Shults ordered that Shepherd be held without bond until the following week.

At Thursday's hearing, Assistant District Attorney General Ryan Curtis told Shults that Shepherd had advised him he still intended to hire his own counsel but needs more time to do so. Shepherd will again appear in Sessions Court on April 24, and Curtis requested that his preliminary hearing be held at that time, whether Shepherd has hired an attorney or opts to represent himself.

Around 1 p.m. on March 26, a woman living on Sugar Hollow Road reported that a man, later identified as Shepherd, showed up at her home requesting a ride in an alleged attempt to steal her vehicle, Hensley said previously.

Hensley said when the woman refused, Shepherd "pulled a handgun and stuck it between her eyes." The sheriff said the woman slammed the door on Shepherd and contacted 911.

Shepherd then ran down the street to another nearby residence, where he attempted to steal a truck, having already ditched another vehicle registered to a Carter County resident in this area, Hensley said.

After the unsuccessful attempt to take the truck, Shepherd took off running through the neighborhood, Hensley said. The sheriff said he then received a call from someone living on Unicoi Drive who reported Shepherd was on the back deck of her home. Hensley said when he responded to the residence, he spotted Shepherd sitting in the driver's seat of one of the vehicles parked behind the home.

"I immediately drawed down on him with my weapon and asked for backup," Hensley said. "Other officers came to me and we apprehended him there in the vehicle."

According to officials, Shepherd was was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun and a bag containing an estimated three to five pounds of marijuana.

Shepherd also was arrested in February on marijuana charges in Johnson City.

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