James Green (Courtesy: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
CLINTON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The suspect in the shooting at a Clinton pawn shop appeared in court via video Tuesday morning where a judge set his bail at $4 million. He was arrested upon being released from the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Green was charged with First Degree Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Theft over $500. He is accused of shooting 58 year-old employee Larry Snellings on November 7th.
A status hearing was set for November 21.
“This investigation was complex, in the fact that we had no access to our suspect due to his initial medical condition. However, our investigators did a tremendous job on this case,” said Clinton Police Chief Rick Scarbrough.
Green was taken from the hospital to the Anderson Co. detention center. His bond was set at $4 million and he is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday.
Witnesses said Green walked into the South Clinton Pawn Shop, 903 Clinch Ave., and asked to see a shotgun. He then reportedly took some shells he had in his pocket and started to load the gun.
According ot police, that's when a struggle began between Snellings and Greene, during which Snellings was shot. Another employee then shot Greene, who managed to escape the store and return home. When he got home and his wife saw the wound, she called police and waited outside with her grandson until they arrived.
Green's son believes he was trying to kill himself.