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(TN) Judge rules shooting was self-defense 09-19-03

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    (TN) Judge rules shooting was self-defense 09-19-03
    Date: Sep 20, 2003 2:11 AM


    Manslaughter charge dismissed
    By: Bill Grubb
    Source: The Rogersville Review
    By Bill Grubb
    Staff Writer wgrubb@xtn.net

    A judge has determined a fatal shooting was self-defense and dismissed a
    charge of voluntary manslaughter lodged against a Surgoinsville man.

    Kenneth E. Hickman, 56, 117 Williams Lane, had been charged in
    connection with the shooting death of David Robert Way, 35, 224 Main
    Street, Surgoinsville.

    According to authorities, the two men were once related through a
    marriage that has since been dissolved.

    Following a Wednesday preliminary hearing in Hawkins County General
    Sessions Court Judge David Brand dismissed the charge against Hickman.

    At the time of the shooting Hawkins County Sheriff Warren Rimer said
    authorities had determined an ongoing dispute over an item of property
    was apparently a factor in the shooting. The sheriff said alcohol may
    have also played a role in the event.

    According to a Hawkins County Sheriff's Department offense report, at
    approximately 8 p.m. June 7 officers were dispatched to a disturbance at
    Hickman's residence. While officers were responding to the scene,
    Central Dispatch advised one of the subjects involved had been shot.

    When officers arrived, they said they found the body of David Way laying
    on the front porch of Hickman's residence.

    Hickman told authorities Way came to his residence and the two men began
    Hickman alleged that while he and Way were arguing Way struck him in the
    arm with a tire iron at which time Hickman retreated to the porch.

    "Mr. Hickman advised that Mr. Way tried to come up onto the porch and he
    pushed him off and when he tried to come back up onto the porch Mr.
    Hickman advised that he shot him several times with a .22 caliber
    handgun," the report stated.

    The sheriff said Way had been shot six times.

    During the preliminary hearing several witnesses who were at the Hickman
    residence and a witness who had accompanied Way to the Hickman's home
    corroborated Hickman's version of events.

    According to Assistant District Attorney Doug Godbee, the case against
    Hickman could still be presented to a grand jury but authorities have
    yet to determine if they will pursue that option.
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