Lewisburg man indicted in downtown stabbing

Friday, February 19, 2010

A Lewisburg man was indicted on charges of attempted first-degree murder at this week's session of the Marshall County grand jury.

Jerry Lee Hunter, 50, of 1st Avenue North, Lewisburg, is alleged to have stabbed Cleveland Holder, 52, also of 1st Avenue North, on Dec. 3.

Holder would have died but for the timely intervention of a neighbor and her son, Linda and Tommy Wallace, who maintained pressure on the neck wound to slow the bleeding and called 911.

Holder was taken by Air Evac helicopter ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where surgeons repaired his neck. He was out of hospital and "recuperating well" by the end of December.

"It appears the victim ... had $150 taken in the robbery," Lewisburg Police Detective Sgt. David Henley said in December. "The money was in his wallet when it was taken."

Holder's wallet was found on the roof of a building next to his home, Henley said.

Henley and the city's other detectives "took a lot of blood and fiber evidence" after the crime. The sergeant said people in the area of 1st Avenue North were helpful.

"We had a couple of witnesses in the area who led us to believe that (Hunter) was a suspect," Henley said, "so we got a search warrant from Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler and went to Hunter's home where we found enough evidence to charge him."

Holder and Hunter "knew each other," Henley said. That's what led to a theory on the crime that murder was intended because a dead robbery victim couldn't identify his assailant.

The three-count indictment against Hunter also charges him with aggravated burglary, and aggravated robbery.

Hunter remains jailed in lieu of $150,000 bond.

In court Wednesday afternoon, Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler assigned the public defender's office to represent Hunter, and on his behalf they waived a formal reading of the indictment and entered a plea of "not guilty."

Hunter's jail intake sheet notes that his nickname is "Spider" and that he is 6 feet 6 inches tall and has tattoos "all over" his body.

Other indictments by the grand jury relate mostly to drug cases, and will be covered in the Tribune next week.