Prosecutor: No One Left to Charge in Ball Field Slayings

Knoxville (AP) - The prosecutor for Jefferson County told the Associated Press today there seems to be no one to charge in a shooting that killed three people at a Dandridge ball field.

District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn says the maternal grandfather of a 10-year-old boy at the center of a custody dispute fatally shot the boy's paternal grandparents during the argument.

Dunn says then, 61-year-old Samuel Noe was fatally wounded while three onlookers tried to wrestle his gun away from him.

The boy's father, 39-year-old Jerry "Brent" Shands was seriously wounded by a shot fired during the struggle.

Paternal grandparents Jerry D. Shands and Ellen "Sue" Shands were the other victims. The 63-year-old man was dead at the scene and his 62-year-old wife was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Witnesses say ten-year-old Austin Shands was uninjured but dazed. No one else was hurt.

Dunn says Brent Shands and his former wife Diane Shands Robbins had been arguing for months over custody of their son.

The shooting occurred Monday night as about 75 adults and children were making their way to the parking lot at a city-owned ball field nicknamed Field of Dreams in Dandridge, a lakeside community overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains about 30 miles east of Knoxville.


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