UPDATE: Judge Sends Joseph Shriver’s Case To Grand Jury

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) – A Lincoln County judge ruled Joseph Shriver’s attempted murder case will go to a grand jury.  Shriver appeared in court Friday morning.

Shriver is accused of shooting a Madison County Sheriff’s deputy and firing at two Fayetteville police officers in November 2011.

Shriver appeared before Judge Andy Myrick for a probable cause hearing.  The judge listened to testimony and reviewed evidence in the case, and determined the case should proceed to a grand jury.

Shriver is charged with attempted murder, evading arrest and possession of a firearm.

In November 2011, Madison County Sheriff’s deputy Brent Beavers spotted a car matching the description of a vehicle seen leaving a convenience store robbery.   Beavers pulled the car over near the intersection of Joe Quick Road and Highway 231/431 in Hazel Green.

Authorities say Shriver was driving the car and got out and sprayed bullets, hitting Beavers in the face.  Deputy Beavers was seriously wounded.

Authorities say Shriver then drove to Fayetteville and shot at two officers.  One of them, Justin Raby, was hit in the shoulder with shrapnel.  He was the first witness to testify today and described finding 11 bullet holes in his cruiser, most of them through the driver’s side front windshield.  Prosecutors also called Sergeant Johnny Simmons who testified Shriver fired shots at him.

At the conclusion of the hearing, Shriver stood up and looked at a small gathering of supporters and said, “I love you.”  Deputies then led him back into the holding area.

The hearing was originally set to play out at the Lincoln County Courthouse, but at the last minute, the judge moved it to a courtroom inside the Lincoln County Jail.  The sheriff’s department posted armed deputies outside the jail and required everyone go through a metal detector before entering the courtroom.

Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder said the heightened security was not typical, but he thought it was necessary because of a credible threat.  He declined to elaborate on it.

Blackwelder added that due to the fact Shriver is charged with trying to kill two Fayetteville police officers, Shriver is not the typical defendant.  Therefore, authorities felt the extra security was necessary to make ensure safety of everyone involved in the hearing.

Shriver’s public defenders declined any comment upon leaving the jail.

We’ll have more coverage of Shriver’s hearing Friday on WHNT News 19 at Noon, 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.

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