published Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Chattanooga: Two charges dismissed, three sent to grand jury in Compton slaying

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    Myles Stout is escorted into Judge Russell Bean's courtroom by Hamilton County court officer Tommy Eustice in this file photo. Stout faces charges in the shooting death of his friend, Myles Compton.
    Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A Hamilton County judge sent three charges against Myles Stout in connection with the March 9 death of an 18-year-old Chattanooga man to the grand jury this morning.

Charges of reckless endangerment, reckless homicide and second-degree murder now go to the Hamilton County grand jury for consideration.

General Sessions Judge David Bales dismissed two lesser charges — tampering with evidence and filing a false report — against Stout, 20, who is accused of fatally shooting his friend, Myles Compton, in the chest.

During a hearing this morning, Kevin Driscoll testified today that he doesn’t know who put the clip in a gun minutes before it was pointed at Compton and the trigger pulled.

During interviews with investigators from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Stout had said he thought the gun was unloaded when he pointed it at Compton.

Witnesses told investigators that Driscoll, who had about six young adults over at his parents’ home at 9125 Stoney Mountain Drive in East Brainerd, unloaded the weapons before passing them around.

But authorities said they believe Stout apparently reloaded the gun before firing it at Compton.

This morning, Driscoll said he tossed the remaining bullets after the shooting because he was scared.

“One of my buddies just died,” he said.

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Youth and guns don't mix.

March 24, 2011 at 6 p.m.
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