Shooting victim should have been in county jail

Monday, May 19, 2008

As Lewisburg Police continue to look for a suspect accused of shooting another Lewisburg man on early Sunday morning, the county jail administrator says the incident should never have happened.

And not just for the reasons that police used to file an attempted murder charge announced Monday for Jonathan Doran Tears, 29, of Seventh Avenue North. He's accused of shooting Gary Dejuan O'Neal, 27, of Monroe Street.

"It wouldn't have happened if O'Neal was where he was supposed to have been," said Jail Administrator Sam Bragg. "He was supposed to have been serving time."

Bragg's records at the jail show that O'Neal was sentenced to serve 60 days in the county jail for non-payment of child support as sentenced by Marshall County Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell.

"He was taken to child support court May 2 by Sgt. Chad Campbell," Bragg said.

As for the chances of a charge being filed against O'Neal for not reporting to jail one week ago tonight, Bragg said, "That would be up to the court. We always advise the court when somebody does not report. The court can take whatever action deemed justified."

Meanwhile, Police Chief Chuck Forbis said he'd leave it up to the city codes officer to investigate issues revealed Monday at City Hall with regard to the beer permit issued to the Soul Train Bar and Grille.

During 2006, Lewisburg City Council was asked if it would allow the business to remain open until 2 a.m., City Manager Eddie Fuller said.