By Bill Grubb
Staff Writer | (firstname.lastname@example.org
ROGERSVILLE-A February 27 court date has been set for a pair of Hawkins County brothers indicted on murder charges Monday in connection with a July 2005 shooting that resulted in the death of 22-year-old Chad A. Williams.
Ronnie W. Bledsoe, 38, 551 Center Pumpkin Valley Road, Eidson, faces a first degree murder charge. He is also accused of pointing a rifle at and threatening to shoot a second man, Travis Baker, resulting in an indictment on a charge of attempt to commit first degree murder.
Rodney L. Bledsoe, 31, 551 Center Pumpkin Valley Road, Eidson, Ronnie Bledsoe's brother, was indicted on a charge of party to the crime of first degree murder and as an accessory after the fact.
Rodney Bledsoe was also indicted on charges of domestic assault, assault and resisting arrest in connection with a May 29 incident.
During Ronnie Bledsoe's preliminary hearing testimony was presented that he and Williams' mother were separated and that Ronnie Bledsoe and Chad Williams had been having arguments about the relationship.
According to authorities, at approximately 5:15 p.m. July 21 Hawkins County Central Dispatch received a 911 call concerning an individual who had been shot on Clinch Valley Road in the Eidson Community.
When officers arrived on the scene they found Williams, 122 Allen Lane, Rogersville, lying beside his pick-up truck with an apparent gunshot wound.
Officers spoke with Travis Baker, who told authorities he was in the pickup truck with Williams and they were stopped at the intersection of Clinch Valley Road and Highway 70 North.
According to Baker, two men in a small dark pickup truck pulled in front of their vehicle blocking them in the roadway.
Baker said the two men "exchanged verbal threats" with Williams and then ordered him out of the vehicle, according to a report filed by Deputy Brian Boggs.
"When he refused the suspects attempted to pull Mr. Williams outside the vehicle," Baker told the deputy. "At this time one of the suspects pulled a high powered rifle shooting Mr. Williams once in the lower stomach."
Baker told authorities after the shooting incident he drove to 152 Clinch Valley Road and made the 911 call.
Williams was flown by helicopter to Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center where officials say he died as a result of his injury.
Ronnie Bledsoe and his brother, Rodney, were identified as the two men in the other truck.