Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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September 18, 2012

Indictment handed down in fatal Westel shooting

CROSSVILLE — The Cumberland County man accused of pulling the trigger of a gun that killed another Westel community resident has been indicted by the grand jury on charges of first-degree premeditated murder and aggravated assault.

The grand jury returned the indictments against Carson Ray Norris, 65, of 1109 Daysville Rd., in connection with the shooting of Samuel A. Baker, 62, of 1988 Daysville Rd., on May 3.

Baker was shot once in the arm with the bullet traveling into Baker's chest as he sat in his home. Family members reportedly witnessed the shooting. Baker was transported to a regional trauma center where he later died.

No motive was ever announced.

Witnesses listed on the indictment include sheriff's investigators and deputies, the victim's wife, son, daughter and five others from the community.

In other cases presented, the following indictments were handed down by the grand jury on Sept. 10. An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but simply a finding that enough evidence exists for further advance in the criminal justice system.

All defendants are to appear in Cumberland County Criminal Court on Friday, Oct. 21, for arraignment.


•Christopher Lee Susong, burglary and theft of more than $1,000. Also, separate indictment charging theft of more than $10,000.

•Joey Allen Pugh, aggravated burglary.

•Jeffery Lynn Tabor, aggravated burglary and theft of more than $10,000. Also, separate indictment charging theft of more than $500.

•Amber Nichole Helton, aggravated burglary and theft of more than $10,000. Also, separate indictment charging theft of less than $500.

•Samantha Rose Sherrill, aggravated burglary and theft of more than $10,000.

•Timothy Joseph Easterly, theft of more than $500.

•Larissa Marie Meadows, theft of more than $500.

•Shawn Keith Ferguson, theft of more than $500.

•Stephen Robert Stults, theft of less than $500 and simple possession of marijuana. Separate indictment charging theft of more than $500.

•Logan Miguel Kennedy, aggravated burglary. Also, separate indictment charging aggravated burglary and theft of less than $500.

•Matthew Donald Loveday, theft of more than $1,000 and arson.

•Mitchell Ramon Myers, theft of less than $500. Also, separate indictment charging theft of more than $500.

•Jacob Lonzie Stephens, theft of more than $60,000.

•Larry Preston Dickenson, theft of more than $500 and simple possession of marijuana.

•Michael Todd Carroll Jr., theft of more than $1,000.

•Damon Joshua Allen, theft of more than $500.

Criminal simulation

•Alexander Michael Calabrese, criminal simulation (counterfeit currency).

•Wesley Robert McGhee, criminal simulation (counterfeit currency).


•David Wade Smith, possession of more than .5 grams of morphine for sale, possession of more than .5 grams of morphine for delivery and immediate precursor of methaphetamine.

•Everett Lawrence Grant Jr., possession of less than .5 grams of methamphetamine for resale.

•Stephen Robert Stults, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine.

•Agatha Dawn Brown, possession of more than .5 grams of methamphetamine with intent to sell and possession of more than .5 grams of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

•Michael Andrew Hamby, attempted of more than .5 grams of methamphetamine for resale.


•Jeffery Michael Roberts, possession of morphine for sale and possession of morphine for delivery.

•Levi Adam Miller, introduction of contraband into a penal institution.


•Juliana Danielle Hunter, reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest and reckless driving.

•Sergio Joshua Muniz, aggravated assault, assault and vandalism of government property.

•Kenneth Howard Iles, aggravated domestic assault with a deadly weapon with alternate charge of aggravated domestic assault by strangulation.

•Earl Clement Grooms, aggravated assault.

•Amber Nichole Helton, resisting arrest and evading arrest.

•Aaron Dale Ashburn, aggravated assault, evading arrest, public intoxication and unlawful consumption.

•Franklin Dee Copeland, reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and vandalism of more than $500.

Driving under the influence

•Bobby Lynn Burke, fourth offense driving under the influence and refusing to take an intoximeter test.

•Juanita Ruth Duerr, second offense driving under the influence.

•Kelly William Demoe, second offense driving under the influence, enhanced (.20 percent or higher).

•Jerry Dale Richards, driving under the influence, enhanced (.20 percent or higher), and felony evading arrest.

•Robert Brian Houston, driving under the influence and refusing to take an intoximeter test.

Miscellaneous charges

•George Christopher Adcock, observation without consent, resisting arrest and public intoxication.

•Albin Salvatore Buechel, violation of the precious metal holding period.

•Joseph Donald McIntire, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

•Kimberly Sharlene Adkisson, criminal impersonation.

•Aaron Dale Ashburn, unlawful consumption.

Traffic charges

•James Byron Wright, violation of the habitual motor vehicle offender law.

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