published Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Court date set for man indicted on second-degree homicide charge

A 20-year-old man is scheduled to appear May 25 in Hamilton County Criminal Court on charges he shot and killed an 18-year-old acquaintance.

The Hamilton County grand jury indicted Myles Kensey Stout on charges of second-degree murder, reckless homicide and reckless endangerment in the March 9 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.

Hank Hill, Stout’s attorney, declined to comment Wednesday.

The shooting took place at Kevin Driscoll’s home at 9125 Stoney Mountain Drive. In a General Sessions Court hearing in March, Driscoll testified that he took a .40-caliber Sig Sauer handgun out of a gun box and unloaded it. He testified he didn’t know who loaded it before Stout handled it, according to Chattanooga Times Free Press archives.

Other witnesses testified that Stout pressed the weapon into Compton’s chest and fired.

Sessions Court Judge David Bales dismissed charges against Stout of tampering with evidence and filing a false report in that hearing before sending the case to the grand jury.

Driscoll had testified that Stout tossed bullets into the woods after shooting Compton.

As of Wednesday, Stout was in custody at the Hamilton County Jail on a $116,000 bond.

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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