Triggerman named by TBI agent in Fuller shooting

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

An alleged triggerman has been named by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in the shooting of a Marshall County man in the head last week.

Phillip Owen Grissom, 26, "shot Ralph Fuller with a .22 caliber rifle," according to TBI Agent Wayne Wesson, who said so in an arrest warrant issued for Grissom.

However, as of noon Tuesday, Grissom had not been charged with the shooting, according to court records.

Grissom allegedly "hid the rifle in the grass away from the crime scene, committing the offence of tampering with evidence," Wesson said when obtaining to warrant with Marshall County Circuit Court Clerk Elinor Brandon Foster.

Also charged with tampering with evidence is Sharma Dunkle, 32.

Wesson's warrant for her alleges that she "she did assist in the removal and concealment of a .22 caliber rifle which was used to shoot Ralph Fuller."

Accused in the March 31 shooting on Bob Hopkins Road, Grissom and Dunkle made their first court appearance Tuesday, and are to return to Marshall County7 General Sessions Court on May 18 to face Judge Steve Bowden.

Tuesday, Bowden assigned the Public Defender's Office to represent Dunkle, while Lewisburg-based attorney David McKenzie is to represent Grissom.

Grissom and Dunkle remained in jail, held without bond.

Fuller, 61, was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, after being shot at his residence at 1650 Bob Hopkins Road.

The same address was given for both defendants on their warrants.

TBI spokeswoman Kristen Helm said Monday that the investigation was "on-going" and that Fuller was still alive.

Dunkle had outstanding warrants for failure to appear in General Sessions Court, and for violation of probation from Lewisburg City Court.