Thursday, May 3, 2012
Suspects’ bond set at $1 million
By SUE WATSON
Two suspects charged with the April 11 aggravated assault and kidnapping of an H.W. Byers junior are in custody at Marshall County jail, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Bond for the suspects has been set at $1 million each.
The victim, 18-year-old Charles Hardeman, remains in stable condition at The Med in Memphis, Tenn., the sheriff said.
The preliminary hearing for the defendants – Kevin R. Schrock, 29, of 315 Fourth Street, LaGrange, Tenn., and Gregory Leon Jenkins, 30, of Hardeman County, Tenn. – was set Monday in justice court for June 4 at 9 a.m.
Schrock was arraigned Friday, April 27, before Justice Court Judge Mae Garrison, while Jenkins was arraigned before Judge Ernest Cunningham, Monday at 11 a.m.
More charges against these two suspects may be made as the investigation continues, Dickerson said.
Details of the investigations and facts in the case are not being released by authorities at this time due to the incomplete investigation, the sheriff said.
He said it appears Hardeman answered a knock at his door at 321 Hurdle Club Road April 11 and the two suspects entered the residence where he lived with his father, who was away at a job site in Texas. Investigators believe robbery was a motive during which the victim was struck, kidnapped and taken to a lake behind the home. Suspects are believed to have tied a concrete weight to his foot and thrown him off a floating boat dock into the lake, Dickerson said.
Several gas cans were found at the scene when firefighters were called to a fire at the home.
The victim apparently freed himself from the weight that was tied to one leg with a belt, climbed up the ladder at the boat dock, went to the driveway, got into his Toyota pickup, cranked it with a screwdriver and fled for help. Hardeman drove about a half mile when he is believed to have lost consciousness. His truck left the road and struck a tree near the intersection of Hurdle Club Road and Hogan Road.
While first responders were working the accident, investigators learned the tag was registered to the 321 Hurdle Club Road address, although the identity of the victim was not known at the time.
Suspicions were aroused when the victim seemed to have water in his lungs. He also had wet clothing and the belt was still wrapped around one leg near the ankle.
A second call to 911 reporting a fire at the 321 address alerted law enforcement to a possible connection between the victim and the address. Firefighters found three gas cans at the inferno when they arrived. The mobile home was fully involved.
Investigators and Sheriff Dickerson tried to tie the two incidents, the wreck and the fire, together. They eventually pieced together evidence and made a search of the property and the area at the pond where they found blood on the dock.
The Holly Springs Fire Department’s dive team was called to search and found a number of pieces of evidence in nine feet of water below the dock, including a concrete weight and the buckle they think belonged to the belt that was wrapped around Hardeman’s ankle.
When Hardeman regained consciousness and was stabilized at The Med, investigators learned the identities of two suspects and the search began, including soliciting tips of their whereabouts.
Schrock was located and taken into custody by the Fayette County, Tenn., Sheriff’s Department Thursday, April 26. He later waived extradition rights and was brought to Marshall County jail.
The search for Jenkins continued and he was picked up by the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Department Friday, April 27. The suspect waived rights to extradition and was picked up in Bolivar, Tenn., Friday by Dickerson and Maj. Kelly McMillen and brought to the jail for booking.
Dickerson said further details of the factual evidence collected in the case will await the completion of the investigation.
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