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Two cases bound over to Carter grand jury

John Thompson • Jun 8, 2019 at 7:04 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Two cases in Carter County Sessions Court that had received a ton of local news reporting have been bound over to a grand jury after preliminary hearings on Friday.

Garrett Brian Birchfield, 26, 102 Heaton Ridge Road, Roan Mountain, was bound over on several charges stemming from an investigation into the dumping of dead animals at an illegal dump site in Roan Mountain.

In an unrelated case, Claude Harvey Banner, 51, 643 Poga Road, Butler, was bound over on a charge of attempted second-degree murder in a shooting at 649 Poga Road.

Birchfield was bound over on four counts of intentional and unlawful killing of animals; tampering with or fabricating evidence; aggravated burglary; theft over $1,000; and criminal impersonation.

Birchfield’s arrest came during an investigation by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department into illegal dumping on an isolated section of Teaberry Road. Birchfield is just one of several suspects in the dumping case.

The other charges stem from a complaint by a nearby resident who told deputies that four dogs and a .22 caliber rifle were missing from her home.

Investigators reported that there were shell casings and pools of blood in the yard following the April 1 incident.

Birchfield is scheduled to report to Criminal Court on July 26.

In the unrelated Poga Road shooting on March 10, investigators said Banner was talking in the kitchen with the victim and that he had been drinking as the time. The victim was shot with a single .45-caliber bullet.

The two men had been looking at Banner’s gun collection. Investigators reported that Banner admitted to shooting the victim, but that he had not meant to do so.

Banner is scheduled to report to Criminal Court on July 26.

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