Man indicted for threatening officers

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The man who was shot after allegedly threatening lawmen with a knife in an empty factory near Chapel Hill has been indicted by the grand jury.

In its last session of the year, the Marshall County Grand Jury issued a 12-count indictment on Dec. 9 against Cody Dale Barker, 31, of Blanchard, Okla.

Barker is charged with: three counts of aggravated assault, one for each of the allegedly threatened officers, Marshall County Sheriff's Deputy Tony Nichols, Chapel Hill Police Officer Chris Cook and Highway Patrol Trooper David Hill; driving under the influence of an intoxicant; possession of a weapon with the intent to go armed; and possession of an illegal drug for resale.

Twenty-six tablets, alleged to be Ecstasy, were found in a plastic bag in Barker's pocket when he was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Additional charges include resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, and failure to give immediate notice of a property-damage crash.

Barker was in a crash on Crutcher Road, Chapel Hill, about 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, and fled the scene, according to reports at the time. Police found his truck behind the old Durango Boot factory, and entered the building looking for Barker.

"When officers confronted him, he pulled out a knife, threatening the officers. Officers opened fire, striking the suspect (who) fell down and ... sliced his throat in an apparent suicide attempt," the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported.

Sheriff Norman Dalton said Barker was shot once "in the hip area," but Dalton declined to speculate on Barker's motive, noting that officers told him Barker appeared "wired."

Sheriff's Detective Bob Johnson reported that Barker "kept asking the officers to kill him, and to shoot him in the head."

Barker was transported by air ambulance to Vanderbilt, and when he was released from there, was arrested and formally charged in Marshall County, then transferred to another medical facility for further treatment, Dalton said.

He indicated Barker was admitted to the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute in Nashville for analysis.

Barker was transferred to Marshall County Jail on Oct. 1 and is being held without bond. Barker is also held on charges from Oklahoma.

Also indicted last month were:

* Kenneth Wayne Robertson, 39, formerly of Lewisburg. He's charged with violating the sexual offender registration law. Lewisburg Police Department Detective Santiago Mcklean wrote on the Aug. 3 arrest warrant, "this officer found during a routine check of the SOR that Mr. Robertson does not live at 1052 Cornersville Road, according to ...the residence owner."

According to the TBI Sexual Offender Registry (updated Dec. 6) Robertson is now homeless in Nashville. The Registry states Robertson committed a statutory rape in 1996.

* John Mark Gold, 51, of Gold Road. He's indicted on charges of driving after having been declared a Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender, driving on revoked license, failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving property damage, and failure to give notice of an accident involving property damage. According to the report by THP Sgt. Jimmy Pitts, Gold was driving on Gold Road on Aug. 25 when he "struck Mr. David Jordan's truck mirror with his truck mirror. Mr. Gold left the scene into the back of his farm."