Mary Jane Epling
The Daily Independent, Ashland, Ky.
Dec. 5—GRAYSON — A North Carolina man accused of shooting a possible intruder posted bond after Carter County Judge Rebecca Phillips acknowledged his claim of self-defense and active military status in a bond decision.
Dametric McGrue, 27, of La Grange, claimed self-defense after shooting a man on South Hord Street in Grayson on Aug. 11.
McGrue, charged with first-degree assault, remained in Carter County Detention Center following the incident until Judge Phillips granted a bond modification last month due to McGrue’s lack of criminal history and good standing with the military.
According to the arrest citation penned by an officer with the Grayson Police Department, McGrue claimed the alleged victim came to the apartment door and engaged in a physical altercation with McGrue when McGrue refused to let him inside.
During previous testimony, the arresting officer testified McGrue immediately claimed self-defense and called to report the shooting to dispatch.
The officer also testified the apartment tenant corroborated McGrue’s story, telling police McGrue and the victim engaged in “light shoving” before he was shot in the abdomen.
Phillips’s bond modification included additional details into the night of Aug. 11, revealing a complicated love square and conflicting “he said, she said” statements.
Per the recent court records, McGrue resided at the apartment on South Hord Street when not required to be on base in North Carolina.
Phillips wrote McGrue and the apartment tenant were romantically involved at the time of the shooting.
The apartment tenant — and McGrue’s romantic partner at the time of the shooting — previously had a relationship and shares a child with the alleged victim.
The fourth piece of the love-square is the mother of McGrue’s child and former partner, as she was in a relationship with the alleged victim at the time of the shooting, per Phillips.
Court documents indicate stories fluctuate between who opened the apartment door and whether the alleged victim was invited to the apartment by McGrue’s partner.
Phillips stated the alleged victim told police he was shot immediately after engaging in the physical altercation but later told police McGrue left the apartment to retrieve the gun from his vehicle before returning to shoot him — potentially dismantling McGrue’s claim of self-defense.
Due to outstanding evidence — including phone records, conflicting statements and McGrue’s active military status — Phillips modified McGrue’s original bond, allowing for 20% of $50,000 as a deposit.
Phillips said her decision was also based on McGrue’s active and good standing in the Air Force, who in addition to the court, could account for his whereabouts and ensure he attended each court appearance.
Phillips added the court found no evidence “that the defendant (McGrue) presents a danger to the community at large,” citing his only criminal history as a speeding ticket.
McGrue posted bond four days after Phillips’s modification.
On Monday in Carter County Circuit Court, Phillips noted the anticipated phone records remain outstanding.
McGrue is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on Jan 16.
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