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3 face charges after fatal Troy shooting

3 face charges after fatal Troy shooting

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 7:39 am

A total of three people — including two 17-year-old boys and one adult woman — have now been charged with various offenses following a Dec. 21 shooting incident that claimed the life of a Troy teenager. The two 17-year-olds have each been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Chase Callaway, with one of them additionally charged with filing a false report and the other additionally charged with tampering with evidence, according to Troy Police Chief James Cleek and Obion County Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder. The Messenger has confirmed through independent sources that one of the teens charged with second-degree murder is Cornelius Harris. The name of the second teen has not yet been confirmed. The teen’s name was not disclosed by either Troy police or Obion County sheriff’s officials, nor was it confirmed by those agencies, because the suspects are both juveniles and police are bound by state law in not disclosing information involving juveniles. However, it is The Messenger’s policy to disclose the names of juveniles charged with felony offenses — particularly those involving firearms — and there are some exemptions under the statutes, according to the Tennessee Press Association’s legal source. The first teen was arrested about noon Tuesday, while the second teen was arrested Wednesday, authorities said. Nicole Durham, 25, identified by authorities as the owner of the home on Frazier Street in Troy where the shooting occurred, was taken into custody the night of the shooting and charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, as well as possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Vastbinder said Ms. Durham apparently was asleep in a bedroom at the time of the shooting. Callaway — a 16-year-old student at Obion County Central High School in Troy — died Tuesday at Regional Medical Center in Memphis after sustaining a single gunshot wound to the head between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Dec. 21 at the home on Frazier Street in Troy. His funeral was held Saturday morning. Cleek told The Messenger that the shooting incident involved both drugs and guns “and they don’t mix.” He said the incident was initially reported to police as a drive-by shooting but continued investigation by authorities revealed otherwise and has led police to determine that the entire incident occurred inside the house on Frazier Street. The incident has been under investigation for the past week and authorities have released few details, but Vastbinder said today that the three teenage boys involved in the incident allegedly were “playing with a gun and snapping it and the gun went off” in the living room of the Frazier Street home. Vastbinder said one of the teens is charged with filing a false report as a result of the initial report that alleged the shooting was a drive-by incident and the other teen is charged with tampering with evidence due to the handgun involved allegedly being thrown into a field near the house after the incident. The two 17-year-olds are being held in a juvenile facility out of town pending a hearing in Obion County Juvenile Court, but no decision has yet been made about whether the murder case will be transferred to an adult court and a transfer hearing apparently has not been scheduled at this time. Authorities said Ms. Durham has bonded out of the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex pending a hearing in Obion County General Sessions Court. The shooting remains under investigation, authorities said today. Published in The Messenger 12.29.08

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