Christopher Allen Blevins, 45, 106 Skyline Dr., Elizabethton, was arrested after the shootings happened around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at 115 Mulberry St., No. 27. He told Johnson City police he acted in self defense, according to a court document filed in the case.
Blevins was in Washington County General Sessions Court Wednesday afternoon for his arraignment and asked for a court-appointed attorney. Assistant District Attorney General Julie Hays told the judge that the public defender’s office had a conflict and was contacting a private attorney, Chris Byrd, to represent Blevins.
Hays also opposed Blevins’ request for a bond reduction, noting that Blevins was on probation out of Carter County when the shooting happened. Nidiffer denied Blevins’ request for a bond reduction and reset the case for early December for a preliminary hearing.
Police were called to the scene early Tuesday and found two men suffering from gunshot wounds. Michael Martin was located nearby at NHC HealthCare and had had three to four gunshot wounds and several lacerations. Police found the second man, Dalton Moore, inside the apartment with one gunshot wound in the abdomen and lacerations.
Police said the men told them Blevins went to the apartment to confront one of them over an ongoing dispute involving a female acquaintance. A fight ensued between Blevins and three occupants of the residence.
According to court records, Blevins fired several shots inside the apartment, striking Martin and Moore. He also cut one of them with a pocketknife. Both were taken to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment.
Blevins told police he went to the apartment to talk to Martin and “he was jumped by three individuals inside the apartment and he began shooting to get the subjects off of him,” according to the account written by Johnson City Police Investigator Thomas Dillard. “He also stated that he pulled his knife and cut at least one, maybe two, of the subjects inside the apartment.”
Blevins remained jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.