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Monday, January 19, 2015

Cody Dingus Goes to Trial Again in Jonesborough
Cody Dingus will face trial once again for vehicular homicide Tuesday. The 24 year old was arrested in February 2011 after an accident killed his then girlfriend 18 year old Sheridan Edwards of Kingsport who was also in the car. The case went to trial in July, but had no verdict as a result of jury misconduct. Dingus will face charges of vehicular homicide by intoxication and by reckless conduct. (EE)

Gergish Faces Sentencing Next Month After Conviction of a Lesser Charge
A jury in Jonesborough decided Marcus Gergish is guilty of a lesser charge of criminal negligence in the death of Timothy Peregoy, Sr. The verdict came after a 4 day trial in which the prosecution claimed Gergish shot and robbed Peregoy. The jury apparently rejected the alibi defense of Gergish but reflected in their verdict weak evidence that Gergish is solely to blame. He faces 15 years in prison with the sentence to be decided by a judge on February 20th.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Marcus Gergish Found Guilty of Negligent Homicide and Aggravated Robbery
A jury in Jonesborough decided Marcus Gergish is guilty of a lesser charge of criminal negligence in the death of Timothy Peregoy. The verdict came after a 4 day trial in which the prosecution claimed Gergish shot and robbed Peregoy. The jury apparently rejected the alibi defense of Gergish but reflected in their verdict weak evidence that Gergish is solely to blame. (EE)

Jury Deliberates over Marcus Gergish Murder Trial in Jonesborough
This afternoon the jury is deliberating the fate of Marcus Gergish on trial for murder in Jonesborough. Closing arguments this morning capped the case based on circumstatial evidence over the sdhooting of Timothy Peregoy. The key witness for Gergish was his ex-wife who provided an alibi. (EE)

Jury Apparently Finds Man Justified in Hitting Another with Baseball Bat
A Bristol, Virginia jury apparently felt Ernest Eugene Elswick was justified in his actions when he hit another man with a baseball bat last year outside Springdale apartments. Elswick testified Josh Rinell had a gun and had threatened him, so he swung the bat to knock away the gun during the dispute over money. Due to lack of evidence, the judge dismissed charges of conspiracy and robbery against Elswick and his girlfriend, Melissa Beatty. The jury found Elswick not guilty of any charge except misdemeanor destruction of property involving damaging a vehicle with the baseball bat. He was ordered to make restitution for that. Beatty pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Jury Apparently Finds Man Justified in Hitting Another with Baseball Bat
A Bristol, Virginia jury apparently felt Ernest Eugene Elswick was justified in his actions when he hit another man with a baseball bat last year outside Springdale apartments. Elswick testified Josh Rinell had a gun and had threatened him, so he swung the bat to knock away the gun during the dispute over money. Due to lack of evidence, the judge dismissed charges of conspiracy and robbery against Elswick and his girlfriend, Melissa Beatty. The jury found Elswick not guilty of any charge except misdemeanor destruction of property involving damaging a vehicle with the baseball bat. He was ordered to make restitution for that. Beatty pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault.

Jury Will Decide if Beating Justified in Bristol, Virginia
A Bristol, Virginia jury will decide whether Ernest Eugene Elswick was justified in beating another man with a baseball bat. Elswick testified Josh Rinell had a gun and had threatened him, so he swung the bat to knock away the gun during the incident last year at Springdale Village Apartments, caught on surveillance video. Rinell testified he was choked with a metal rod and beaten over the head with the bat, in the dispute with Elswick over money. Due to lack of evidence, the judge dismissed charges of conspiracy and robbery against Elswick and his girlfriend, Melissa Jean Beatty. Beatty has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in the case.

Beating Case on Trial in Bristol, Virginia
A Bristol, Virginia jury is hearing the trial of a man and woman accused of conspiring to beat and rob another man outside Springdale Village apartments last year. Josh Rinell testified he was choked with a metal rod and beaten over the head with a baseball bat, causing him still to suffer headaches and memory lapses. He says it was at the hands of Ernest Eugene Elswick and Melissa Jean Beatty. Their defense is trying to turn the tables on Rinell, getting him to admit he went to the apartments to buy drugs, armed with a gun, and lied to police. (LM)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Beating Case on Trial in Bristol, Virginia
A Bristol, Virginia jury is hearing the trial of a man and woman accused of conspiring to beat and rob another man outside Springdale Village apartments last year. Josh Rinell testified he was choked with a metal rod and beaten over the head with a baseball bat, causing him still to suffer headaches and memory lapses. He says it was at the hands of Ernest Eugene Elswick and Melissa Jean Beatty. Their defense is trying to turn the tables on Rinell, getting him to admit he went to the apartments to buy drugs, armed with a gun, and lied to police. (LM)

Unicoi County Man Charged With Selling Pain Killers Obtained Through TennCare
A Unicoi County man has been arrested and charged with selling pain killers that he obtained through his TennCare account. A report from Tennessee Inspector General's Office said 52-yr-old Paul Bostic was recently indicted by a grand jury on the charge and District Attorney General Tony Clark will be trying the case. The report said Bostic sold hydrocodone to an uncover TennCare fraud informant.

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