UC teen’s case transferred to adult court
Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 9:03 pm
By: Chris Menees, Staff Reporter
By CHRIS MENEES
The case of an Obion County teenager accused of fatally shooting his father has been transferred from juvenile court to adult court.
Clifford “C.J.” Putman’s case was moved up to adult court during a transfer hearing held Tuesday, the district attorney’s office confirmed today.
The voluntary man-slaughter case will be presented to the next term of the grand jury in June.
Putman, now 18, was previously arraigned in early February in juvenile court, where a juvenile petition was initially filed to charge the then 17-year-old boy with a delinquent act, according to authorities.
Putman marked his 18th birthday this past Sunday, according to sheriff’s department reports.
The charges in the case stem from the shooting death of Putman’s father, 40-year-old Vernon Dale Putman Jr., about 11 p.m. Jan. 28 at the family’s home at 1809 Wade Wiley Road, southwest of Union City.
Obion County Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder reported the morning after the shooting that it appeared the incident started out as a family dispute between the elder Putman and his teenage son. He reported the elder Putman allegedly became more irritated, picked up a rifle and had the teenager kneel down on the floor, at which time he allegedly pointed the gun at the boy. He did not fire, however, and allegedly then turned the weapon and pointed it at his wife of 20 years, Polly (Eakin) Putman. The gun reportedly misfired and Mrs. Putman apparently fled to the back of the residence.
According to the sheriff, Putman allegedly got another gun, went outside and fired several rounds into a car. When he came back into the home, the 17-year-old allegedly shot Putman twice.
Putman was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
The shooting remained under investigation for quite some time in its aftermath, during which time law enforcement officers conferred with the district attorney’s office about the case and how to proceed.
Putman, who had worked as a towboat captain, was buried in Hardy, Ark., following funeral services in Thayer, Mo.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.
Published in The Messenger 4.28.10