Washington County grand jury indictments

Becky Campbell • Jan 19, 2020 at 5:48 PM

A Johnson City man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend and her roommate was indicted earlier this month on attempted murder and other violent charges.

Troy Justin Richardson 19, 206 Edna Court, Apt. 21, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon and two counts of aggravated assault causing serious injury.

Police responded to the stabbing on Oct. 27 shortly after 5 a.m. at Richardson’s apartment. He lived there with the two women, Brianna Brooks and Danielle Reed. Richardson had been dating Brooks, but she had recently broken up with him. When she brought another man home with her from a local bar, Richardson and Brooks got into an argument that escalated to a physical encounter.

Police said Brooks told them Richardson pulled out a knife and inflicted lacerations to both women. In a court record, police said Richardson made insinuations that he if he had stabbed Brooks it was an accident, but if he had stabbed Reed he meant to to that.

Other indictments returned by the grand jury include:

Billy Nave, 30, 2717 S. Roan St., indicted on a charge of attempted second-degree murder for a trailer park shooting on Nov. 2.

About 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, the victim checked himself into Johnson City Medical Center with a gunshot wound in his shoulder. Police said Nave shot the victim during a domestic violence incident at Lot 29 in the trailer park.

Nave was arrested three days later.

Randall Eric Bennett, 35, 394 Charlie Hicks Road, Jonesborough, was indicted on two counts of attempted especially aggravated kidnapping and one count of theft over $10,000 after an alleged carjacking attempt.

Police were called to the Walmart parking lot at 2915 W. Market St., Sept. 24 around 6:50 a.m. regarding a man waving a gun. The female victims told police the man had approached them as he held a gun and demanded that they get inside their van. They refused and distanced themselves from the man, who then drove away in the van.

Bennett  was arrested later after he was found causing a disturbance in another parking lot later in the day, police said in a news release. They found him in the parking lot at Kroger, 1805 W. State of Franklin Road. They also found a weapon, which was a pellet gun.

Robert Oliver, 37, of Johnson City, was indicted on charges of aggravated rape and aggravated assault by strangulation.

Police were called to Franklin Woods Community Hospital in July 2018, where a 35-year-old woman reported that she had been at the Super 8 motel, 108 Wesley St., with Oliver when he sexually assaulted her and prevented her from leaving, police said in a news release.

Donald Russell Miller, 59, 811 Wilson Ave., was indicted on aggravated assault and aggravated kidnapping charges.

Officers responded to Johnson City Medical Center’s Emergency Department around 8:15 a.m. Nov. 5, where a woman was treated for a broken arm, several bruises and lacerations.

Police said her injuries resulted from an assault by Miller, who was her boyfriend. The woman told police she attempted to flee during the altercation, and Miller dragged her back into the residence. 

Darion J. Cash, 25, 1298 Jackson Blvd., Jonesborough, on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping and two counts of false imprisonment.

The charges stem from a March 3 incident at Cash’s apartment where he allegedly refused to let a woman, Brandi Garcia, and two of their children from leaving over a 16-hour-period. During that time, Cash allegedly told Garcia he intended to kill her and the kids.

When Jonesborough police responded to the incident, they found the woman had injuries consistent with what she said Cash had done.

Deonte Bristol, 22, 1334 E. Center St., Kingsport, was indicted on charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, possession of schedule VI drugs for resale, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony and theft under $1,000.

Johnson City police responded to 915 E. Myrtle Ave. around 4 a.m. May 14 after a caller reported a man was threatening someone with a gun. Police encountered both people, one of whom fled on foot. As they chased the man, they saw him throw a gun and a package on top of an outbuilding, police said in a news release.

Police caught up with Bristol, 22 and arrested him. They also retrieved the gun, which had been reported stolen, and the package, which contained 90 grams of marijuana.

• Dalton Gill, 19, Greendale Drive, was indicted on one count of attempted carjacking, which stemmed from an incident Oct. 20 when he allegedly shot a man with a pellet gun while trying to take a man’s car at a gas station.

Police said the shooting happened at the Sunoco, 408 N. Broadway St. A man was refueling his SUV when he was approached by a man wearing a red plaid jacket, and the would-be carjacker showed a firearm and demanded the key to the SUV. The man ran, and Gill shot him in the back. The man ran to a nearby church and called 911. Meanwhile, Gill ran toward East Myrtle Avenue.

The victim was taken to Johnson City Medical Center, where police learned he had been shot with a pellet gun.

Police said they reviewed the market’s surveillance video, which showed Gill spending a significant amount of time inside the store prior to the attack. Later that day, an officer saw Gill on Princeton Road and arrested him, as he matched the description of the carjacking suspect.


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