The man who told investigators he pulled the trigger in self-defense during a New Year’s Day incident that left one dead is being held in the county jail — but not on a homicide charge.
In a related matter, the widow of the shooting victim is asking a judge for a furlough from jail.
A little more light was shed on the shooting incident on Sandy Creek Rd. near Mayland on New Year’s Day.
Douglas Lee Deck Jr., 27, of Pinellas Park, FL, was taken into custody at the scene. Deck, who was staying in his late father’s home, was later charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon. He was also served an attachment for failure to appear in General Sessions Court.
That charge, Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox confirmed, is based on past felony convictions in Florida and Tennessee. In addition, a hold has been placed on Deck for a probation violation warrant from Monroe County.
Pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Cumberland Medical Center was Paul Jonathan Wing, 57, of Mayland. His body was taken to Nashville for an autopsy. The written autopsy report is still pending.
Wing’s wife, Dawn Lea Culver, 50, is in custody in the Cumberland County Jail on a probation violation warrant. She and Wing were reportedly married in October. She was informed of her husband’s death by officials the afternoon of the shooting.
Culver appeared in Cumberland County Criminal Court on Friday for a probation violation hearing. Instead, attorney Kevin Poore asked Judge Gary McKenzie to allow Culver a 72-hour furlough to take care of funeral arrangements when the state releases his body.
She reportedly has served 94 days on a misdemeanor charge after pleading guilty to falsifying a drug test in May.
While expressing sympathy for Culver’s plight, Assistant District Attorney Amanda Worley opposed the furlough. She cited past failed drug tests and a new felony possession charge of more than 26 grams of methamphetamine for sale, and alternate count of for delivery, in connection with a Dec. 26, 2017, incident.
Poore countered that Culver does not have any felony convictions on her record.
McKenzie, noting Culver’s emotional state, postponed a ruling and continued the hearing until Tuesday.
“Sometimes decisions are not in the best interest of all” when emotions are high, the judge added.
Around 12:23 p.m. Jan. 1, deputies and an ambulance were dispatched to 115 Sandy Creek Rd. on a report of a shooting. Deputies took Deck into custody without incident and recovered from him a .45 caliber handgun.
Deputies found Wing mortally wounded near a rear corner of Deck’s late father’s house. Despite life-saving measures attempted at the scene and on the way to CMC, Wing was pronounced dead after arrival.
Deck told investigators he was staying at his father’s home because of recent thefts, and that he fired the weapon in self-defense.
No other information has been released.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the District Attorney’s Office, continue to investigate the shooting.
TBI agents confiscated a desktop computer that may have been connected to a surveillance system at the residence.
Deck appeared in General Sessions Court briefly Thursday on the attachment for failure to pay on a no driver’s license charge. Both that case and the gun charge were continued until Jan. 17.
Deck, who remains in jail under $2 million bond, is represented by the Public Defender’s Office on the gun charge.