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Second-degree murder cases reset in circut court

Second-degree murder cases reset in circut court

Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2008 11:14 am
By: By Sabrina Bates, Chief Staff Writer

A Gleason man accused of shooting his father is expected to offer a guilty plea after a court appearance last week in Weakley County Circuit Court. According to his attorney, assistant public defender Colin Johnson, he thinks the case against Thomas Randall Pruitt can be resolved through a guilty plea. Pruitt, 30, was charged with second-degree murder after an altercation in May led to the shooting death of his father James Pruitt. An affidavit cites James Pruitt was shot at his home in Gleason when he allegedly attempted to intervene in a domestic dispute between Thomas Pruitt and his mother. Thomas Pruitt allegedly fired one round from a pistol before pushing his mother to the floor. A second round was fired when James Pruitt allegedly attempted to force his son out the front door of the home. The second shot proved fatal when it caught James Pruitt in the left side of his forehead, according to the report. Thomas Pruitt was arrested May 15 and charged with one count of second-degree murder. He was indicted on that charge in September by the Weakley County Grand Jury. The Gleason man has a prior conviction of manslaughter out of Carroll County. Thomas Pruitt spent prison time after he was found guilty of stabbing a man with a knife when he was younger. He is being held without bond in the Weakley County Detention Center. His next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13 in Weakley County Circuit Court. In related news, a Sharon man also facing a second-degree murder charge had his court case continued until mid-December after an appearance last week in Weakley County Circuit Court. “The facts of the case are on April 11, 2008 Jason Kayser assaulted his wife at their home. She suffered injuries to her head that caused her death,” Attorney General Tommy Thomas cited in court on Friday. Kayser, 33, was initially charged with aggravated domestic assault after he drove his wife, April, to a local emergency room for injuries she suffered during an altercation with Kayser. April Kayser was unresponsive at the time and had to be airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. She suffered serious closed head injuries and passed away a few days later in Nashville. Kayser’s charge was upgraded to second-degree murder after his wife’s death. He was indicted by the Weakley County Grand Jury in September for one count of second-degree murder. “I don’t know if we can resolve that case through a guilty plea,” Johnson, who is also Kayser’s attorney, said in court last week. “We may have to try this case,” Johnson added. Kayser’s court case was reset for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18 in Weakley County Circuit Court. He is being held without bond in the Weakley County Detention Center. WCP 10.30.08

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