published Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Alabama police arrest another in weekend shooting

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Alabama authorities arrested and charged a second person in connection with a robbery and shooting over the weekend.

Kenneth Tary Chamblee, 53, of Albertville, was charged with attempted murder, but not for the robbery and shooting of Boyce Batey, the original victim, said DeKalb County Sheriff Jim Harris in a news release.

Authorities believe Chamblee contacted suspect Patty Westbrook after she stole 74-year-old Batey’s vehicle and shot him Saturday morning.

Westbrook and Chamblee got in an argument and Chamblee struck Westbrook in the back of the head with a lawnmower blade, Harris said. As Westbrook tried to flee, Chamblee fired a gun at her two or three times, the sheriff said. No shooting injuries were reported.

Westbrook was first charged with attempted murder earlier this week in connection with Batey’s shooting.

Batey, of Whiton, was at a gas station in downtown Geraldine on Saturday morning when he was approached by Westbrook, 37, for a ride, Harris said. But after Westbrook was in the vehicle, she tried to rob him and he was shot in the process.

Batey is still in critical care after his surgery at the University of Alabama of Birmingham hospital.

Multiple agencies are involved in the ongoing investigation.

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carri said...

The same thing happened to my step dad in the 1960s. He is deceased now. My step dad had a kind heart. He was a very intelligent man also. He ended up years later after this incident becoming a Nasa Engineer. This story takes place in Duluth Mn. A man approached him for a ride . Once my step dad Richard started to drive the hitchhiker pulled out a gun. My step father drove for several hours trying to please the man with the gun. Finally Richard said let's get a bite to eat. Richard convinced the hitchhiker to stop at a outdoor restaurant. Like a drive through in the 1950s. Richard drove to this restaurant. He pulled his car in and stopped. A waitress approached Richard and the hitchhiker and she took their order. When the waitress started to walk away. Richard told the hitchhiker he was gonna scream. The hitchhiker said I will shoot you. Then Richard said well they will get you because they have seen you. Richard said now just get out of the car and run and I will not say anything. Richard and the hitchhiker argued for a while. Then Richard convinced the hitch-hiker to take a run for it. The hitchhiker put his gun in his pocket and ran out of the vehicle. Richard had promised the hitchhiker he never would call police. Richard never did. But Richard my step dad lived to tell this story. He made me promise never to pick up hitchhikers no matter what the situation. It is just too dangerous.

March 9, 2011 at 2:41 a.m.
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