published Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Grand jury indicts 20-year-old Myles Kensey Stout in shooting case

Myles Stout walks out of Judge David Bales' courtroom March 17, 2011, along with his lawyer, Hank Hill. Stout faces charges in the shooting death of his friend, Myles Compton.
Myles Stout walks out of Judge David Bales' courtroom March 17, 2011, along with his lawyer, Hank Hill. Stout faces charges in the shooting death of his friend, Myles Compton.

The Hamilton County grand jury has indicted a 20-year-old man on second-degree murder and related charges in the shooting death of an 18-year-old friend.

Myles Kensey Stout has been charged with second-degree murder, reckless homicide and reckless endangerment in the shooting death of Myles Compton.

Stout told police he did not know the gun was loaded when he shot and killed Compton, according to court documents.

On March 24, witnesses testified in a Hamilton County Sessions Court hearing that Stout pointed the .40-caliber Sig Sauer handgun at Compton and fired it, striking Compton in the chest.

Judge David Bales dismissed charges of tampering with evidence and filing a false report in the hearing before sending it to the grand jury.

Stout has an initial appearance in Criminal Court scheduled for May 25 before Judge Barry Steelman.

For complete details see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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