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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.

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I am a long time friennd of the Tim Swaw family. My husband & I traveled from Richland Center,Wisconsin to be with Mr.Swaws family & to attennd his funeral.

No one can replace such a wonderful man as Tim Swaw. He was a loving & devoted father & husband. I sincerely hope Mr. Sullivann gets what he deserves.


Robert & Karen Glenn

Richland Center, Wisconsin

-- Posted by karensmithson203@yahoo.com on Wed, Feb 25, 2009, at 7:32 PM

I am the wife of Timothy Swaw and I just want to make it known the Tim did not point a gun at Sullivan. I was there when the hole thing went down and he did not point a gun at him he did go in the room with a gun but that was after he heard Sullivan cock the gun. Tim had went outside of the house and when he came back in the house to apologize he heard Sullivan cock the gun and he grabbed an unloaded gun of the rack,because his wife,his 3yr.old daughter,his mother,and his nephew were there in the house and he was doing what any real man would do he went in the room holding the gun by the barrel not pointing it at him and asked him what are you going shoot me and then Sullivan shot him. Tim was a good man a devoted father,a good provider. He had the biggest heart and he was only trying to protect his family. Tim did so much for Sullivan and Sullivan shot him for no reason at all. He took his life away from him and myself and my 3yr.old daughter.Now my daughter has to grow up without a father and her father worshiped the ground that she walked on.Tim bent over backwards to do things for Sullivan and for him to shoot him like he did was just wrong. And I hope he gets what he deserves.

-- Posted by Traci Swaw on Fri, Feb 27, 2009, at 11:27 PM

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