Thursday, April 5, 2012
Man dies in Monday shooting
By SUE WATSON
A man believed to be from Arkansas died Monday following a shooting on Rabbit Ridge Road, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
The road was blocked off to the Red Banks Road intersection while the sheriff department’s investigation continued from about 7 p.m. to around midnight in the 1300 block of Rabbit Ridge Road.
Sheriff Dickerson said the alleged shooter made two calls to 911 reporting his brother had been shot. The first call was not a good cell phone connection and the suspect called 911 again. Another local resident also called to report a problem in the area, he said.
When officers arrived at the scene, a male subject was observed with a scope mounted rifle, the sheriff said. The subject put the rifle down and when ordered to put his hands up, he obeyed. The half brother of the suspect, a double amputee, was found lying face down on the front seat of a 1997 green Ford Taurus, he said.
The victim, Robert Barnes, 56, of North Little Rock, Ark., had allegedly been riding the backroads with his half brother as the two were drinking and later had a verbal altercation, Dickerson said.
The driver, Danny Ray Lyles, 43, of the 100 block of Brown Hill Road, Byhalia, stopped the car on Rabbit Ridge, got out and fired numerous rounds from a .22 rifle and a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun into the vehicle, some rounds striking the victim’s body, he said.
“Many, many 9 mm and .22 caliber shell casings were found along the road and around the perimeter of the vehicle and live rounds were found as well, inside the car,” Dickerson said.
Coronor James Richard Anderson pronounced the victim dead on the scene. An autopsy was ordered.
The investigative facts, Dickerson said, included that the victim had earlier come to Lyles’ home on Brown Hill Road and the two brothers got in the vehicle with Lyles driving as they traveled the backroads.
Lyles was taken into custody and will be charged with murder in the death of his half brother and arraigned in Marshall County Justice Court, according to the sheriff. He also faces charges of aggravated assault for allegedly firing several rounds into the radiator and passenger side windshield of an innocent motorist’s vehicle as she was traveling along Rabbit Ridge Road following the shooting incident, Dickerson said.
The victim of the aggravated assault, from the shooting into the 1997 red Chevy Tahoe, was a resident of the local community and unrelated to the suspect or the shooting victim.
Dickerson said he and his investigative team worked late into the night collecting evidence to prepare the case for court.
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