Brandon Lynn Miller, 34, 415 Cash Hollow Road, was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Charles Shelton, 32, of Lewisburg, four counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter, one count of employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, four counts of employing a firearm during an attempt to commit a dangerous felony and three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Investigators said Shelton and four other people went to Miller’s residence, where he was living with his grandparents, with the intention to rob him. During the robbery, a fight broke out and the five people ran toward the vehicle they had arrived in, a GMC Yukon they had driven.
“A fight broke out while Mr. Miller was being robbed. Four of the five suspects ran to their vehicle while Shelton was still fighting with Miller,” Washington County Sheriff’s Investigator Jeff Miller wrote in two of the affidavits. “Miller suffered stab wounds” before running into a bedroom, where he retrieved an assault rifle and fired from a window, an affidavit said.
Shelton was shot in the back as he got to the getaway car, Hailey Donald was also hit while sitting in the front passenger’s seat and bullets also hit the Yukon. The other four, Donald, 19, of Lewisburg; Jason “Skinny” Hargrove, 37, of Lewisburg; Dylan “Pickle” Childress, 21, of Lewisburg; and Allyson Abram, 24, of Bluff City, sped away in the Yukon, according to affidavits.
That vehicle was later found near the VA campus with damage, including a broken rear driver’s-side glass and front passenger-side glass. Authorities said Donald sought treatment for her gunshot wound at the Johnson City Medical Center.
Miller and his girlfriend, Summer Bentley, 24, of Kingsport, also left the scene and were not there when sheriff’s deputies arrived. They were the first two arrested after the investigation led authorities to Knoxville, where Miller holed up in an empty stranger’s home for several hours.
Authorities did not say how serious Miller’s stab wounds were, but he was being held in the Washington County Detention Center.
All four who have been arrested were arraigned Thursday in Sessions Court:
• Miller on charges of voluntary manslaughter, four counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter, one count of employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, four counts of employing a firearm during an attempt to commit a dangerous felony and three counts of a felon in possession of a firearm. He was held on $750,000 bond. Will Freeman was appointed to represent Miller.
• Bentley, on a charge of accessory after the fact because she fled with Miller after the shooting. Her bond was set at $15,000 and Darcee Kubisiak was appointed as her attorney.
• Donald on a charge of especially aggravated robbery, with Miller as the victim. Her bond was set at $20,000 and she said she would hire her own attorney.
• Hargrove, on a charge of especially aggravated robbery, with Miller as the victim. His bond was increased from $20,000 to $40,000. The public defender’s office will represent Hargrove.
As of Friday afternoon, the other two charged in the case had not been located. Investigators were still looking for Childress and Abram, who were wanted on charges of especially aggravated robbery, are to be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information about their whereabouts was urged to call 911 or a local law enforcement agency.