Macon County Chronicle

Hearings Set for Murder Suspects

Preliminary Hearing for Charles Harrison Postponed

The preliminary hearing for triple murder suspect Charles Harrison, who has been charged with three counts of Criminal Homicide in the Labor Day shooting deaths of Jamey Holland, Jessica Danielle Bentle, and Mooesto Retureta, has been postponed until Monday, January 15th, 2010.

“The preliminary hearing for Charles Harrison had been set for Monday, November 16th, 2009,” said Assistant District Attorney Justine Harris, “but for various reasons the date has been moved to January of 2010. While we believe Mr. Harrison committed these murders, we have the burden of proof and we will bring our evidence before Judge Ken Witcher in Lafayette and hopefully it will then be bound over to the grand jury on that date.”

As you may recall, on Monday morning, September 7th, the Macon County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation were both called to the crime scene of a mobile home on Highland Drive, east of Lafayette, where two people were confirmed dead and the third died in route to a Nashville hospital after being air lifted from Macon County.


According to Sheriff Mark Gammons, several people had spent the night partying and doing drugs and just before sunrise a call came into 911 from a woman who supposedly had left the home just before the shooting. After hearing gunfire she hid nearby and when the suspect left the residence she entered the home again and found the victims. Harrison was taken into custody at a Bethpage convenience store on Highway 31 in Sumner County, shortly before noon. He is being held without bond in the Macon County Jail.



Twin Lane Murder Suspects bound over to the Grand Jury

Richard Wayne Mitchell, Jr., age 18, and Tarus Allen Sircy, age 33, who were arrested by the TBI during the first week of August in connection with the murder of Larry Eugene Woodard, have been bound over to the grand jury in a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, November 16th before Judge Ken Witcher.

The two men were each charged with one count of Criminal Homicide in the Twin Lane murder after allegedly robbing Woodard then beating him to death with blunt force trauma to the head. Mitchell later provided authorities with a written statement, confirming that on or around July 30, 2009, he and Sircy conspired to enter and rob Woodard’s residence. He stated that they concealed their identities by dressing in black clothing and pulling pantyhose over their heads.

After the suspects were taken into custody, their bond was placed at $250,000 each and they both still remain in the Macon County Jail. The case against Mitchell and Sircy will be heard on Monday, February 1st, 2010.