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Fifth person arrested in deadly Cash Hollow incident

Becky Campbell • Updated Feb 3, 2019 at 5:25 PM

A fifth person is in custody on charges related to what authorities allege was a deadly robbery-gone-wrong at a Cash Hollow Road residence last month, a Washington County Sheriff’s Office official confirmed Sunday.

Dylan “Pickle” Childress, 21, of Lewisburg was found by Lewisburg Police and Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies early Sunday, Chief Deputy Leighta Laitinen said.

According to an affidavit and warrant on Childress, he is alleged to have held an assault rifle to the back of Brandon Lynn Miller’s grandmother during the incident on Jan 16 at 415 Cash Hollow Road, the residence where Miller lived with his grandparents.  Authorities say Miller shot at five people who came to rob him as they fled, killing one and injuring another.

Miller, 34, 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 around 8  that night with the intent to rob him. A fight broke out and the five people ran toward the vehicle they had arrived in, a GMC Yukon.

“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 vehicle. The four others —  Childress,  Hailey Donald, 19, and Jason “Skinny” Hargrove, 37, and Allyson Abram, 24, of Bluff City, fled from the scene as did Miller and his girlfriend, Summer Bentley.

Miller and Bentley were the first two arrested, and Hargrove and Donald were taken into custody last week.

The first four in custody were arraigned Friday. The charges against them were:

• Miller: 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 a $750,000 bond. Will Freeman was appointed to represent Miller.

• Summer Bentley, 24, of Kingsport and Miller’s girlfriend, was charged with 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.

• Hailey Donald, 19, of Lewisburg, especially aggravated robbery, with Miller as the victim. Her bond was set at $20,000 and she said she would hire her own attorney.

• Jason “Skinny” Hargrove, 37, of of Lewisburg, 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.

Laitinen said investigators are relieved to now have Childress in custody, but the search for Abram will continue.

“They received a tip on his location and were able to take him into custody,” Laitinen said. “He will be transported to our facility, but for security issues I don’t want to say when.”

Laitinen said there has still been no sign of Abram, who was charged in the robbery.

“She is known to be armed,” Laitinen said. “I would encourage her to turn herself in to the nearest authorities so no one else is hurt.”

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