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Shooting victim dies; teen charged

Shooting victim dies; teen charged

Posted: Wednesday, December 24, 2008 11:08 pm

 A Troy teenager who was shot Sunday night has died and another teenager has been charged with murder. Chase Callaway, a 16-year-old student at Obion County Central High School in Troy, died Tuesday at Regional Medical Center in Memphis, where he was airlifted following a shooting that occurred between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Sunday at a house on Frazier Street in Troy. Funeral arrangements have been announced by White-Ranson Funeral Home (see related obituary, Page 14). A local 17-year-old boy was taken into custody about noon Tuesday on charges of second-degree murder and filing a false report in connection with Callaway’s death, according to Troy Police Chief James Cleek. “One person has been charged so far,” he told The Messenger. The charges against the 17-year-old have been filed through Obion County Juvenile Court and the teenager is being held in a juvenile facility pending further action in the case. Cleek said a hearing is scheduled for Monday in juvenile court to determine if the case should be moved to an adult court. In the meantime, even though the charge of murder is a felony offense, Cleek has declined to release the name of the juvenile who has been charged. That would change, however, if the case is moved to an adult court, which differs from juvenile court in that the news media would have access to information listed on the public records. “At this time, we’re not releasing a name,” Cleek told The Messenger early this morning. The shooting also remains under investigation, according to Cleek, who said police know what occurred Sunday night but don’t want to compromise any of the investigation at this time by releasing any specific details. “We know why it all happened,” he said. Troy police reported Monday that Callaway had been shot once in the head, but additional details of the shooting were still very sketchy at that time. Since then, continued investigation by both the Troy Police Department and the Obion County Sheriff’s Department have resulted in the one arrest that has been made so far in the case. Published in The Messenger 12.24.08

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