Cornersville man killed; stepfather faces court date

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

CORNERSVILLE -- A Columbia man was the victim of a fatal gunshot wound Sunday afternoon and his stepfather was charged with criminal homicide.

Timothy W. Swaw, 31, of Mooresville Pike, Columbia, was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after being flown there by helicopter late Sunday afternoon, according to Marshall County Sheriff's Capt. Norman Dalton.

Swaw was hit at close range by a shotgun blast, Dalton said.

Donnie L. Sullivan, 51, of 115 Beechwood Avenue, Cornersville, the victim's stepfather, was arrested and charged with criminal homicide.

Sullivan made his first court appearance Tuesday morning. Sessions Court Judge Steve Bowden postponed a bond hearing until today.

Bowden asked him if it was likely that he could make bond and Sullivan replied "I doubt it," but he added that his sister might be finding him an attorney.

Dalton said that 911 was called by a relative of the victim at about 3:40 p.m. Sunday after Swaw was shot during a family argument at the Beechwood Avenue residence.

According to Marshall County Sheriff's Deputy Cecil Thrasher's report, a 16-gauge Mossberg shotgun had been fired at Swaw. Emergency medical personnel moved the victim to Cornersville School for medical evacuation by helicopter.

Sheriff's Capt. James Garner transported Sullivan to jail.

"The scene was processed, photos taken, and 14 firearms were removed from the residence," Thrasher wrote in his report. "The Mossberg 16-gauge shotgun was processed for latent prints with positive results.

"It was later confirmed that the victim expired (and Sheriff's) Detective (Bob) Johnson obtained warrant on subject for murder," Thrasher reported.

The complainant listed on Thrasher's report is Brandon Swaw, and his address is given as 115 Beechwood Ave.