Fayetteville Teen In Court For Young Man’s Death

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FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) - A Fayetteville teenager charged in the death of a 21-year-old man found dead on the side of the road is out on bond.

Austin Lockard sat shackled in the Lincoln County Courthouse on Thursday, wearing a bright pink prison jumpsuit with orange shoes.  The 19-year-old is charged with assault, reckless endangerment among other things in the death of Bradley Durham from last month.

A 17-year-old from Hazel Green is also charged in the case.

Thursday morning, the judge pushed things back until November because investigators are still working the case and autopsy results aren't in yet.

Even so, Lockard's defense attorney says Durham caused his own death. 

"It's not a crime to jump out of a car.  He jumped out and they told my clients, my clients were told he wasn't injured," said Raymond Fraley, the defense attorney.

Durham, 21, was found dead the night of August 19 on the side of Highway 110 between Johnson Road and Childress Road, just over the state line.  He lived nearby.

Lockard, the suspected driver, was charged with reckless endangerment, failure to render aid, aggravated assault and criminal responsibility, while the 17-year-old passenger was charged with criminal responsibility.

Tennessee authorities have not released specific details about how Durham died.

"There are a lot of people involved," said Robert Carter, Lincoln County District Attorney.  "Up til this point there has been a ton of work done, but there is a ton of work that still needs to be done."

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