published Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Monroe man faces weapons charges

A Tellico Plains, Tenn., man arrested Thursday on aggravated assault and weapons charges is the same person who shot two people at a Monroe County campground, killing one and wounding the other, in 2009.

According to an affidavit from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Joshua Matthew Anderson, 30, and a friend were throwing cinderblocks at cars on Tellico Street in Madisonville, Tenn., Thursday night. When some people whose cars were hit attempted to confront them, Anderson ran into some nearby woods and they heard a gunshot.

Anderson, who was carrying a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun, a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun and a .22-caliber derringer, denied firing a weapon. But Deputy Jason Russell, who wrote the report, said he found a 9 mm shell casing where Anderson was standing.

The friend, Vincent Allen Kile, was carrying 7.62-caliber semiautomatic rifle, a .38-caliber revolver and a .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun, the report stated.

Two couples told deputies that Anderson and Kile were throwing cinderblocks at passing cars and their vehicles had been struck.

One witness said that as he was looking around to see who'd thrown the block, Kile came out of the woods and pointed a rifle at his face, demanding his identity.

Kile told officers he had been drinking and that he and Anderson were looking for someone they thought was trespassing on their property.

Kile is charged with possessing a firearm while intoxicated and two counts of aggravated assault.

Anderson is charged with three counts each of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

In 2009, Anderson shot Danny Adams and Vince Cole at the Hidden Lake Campground and Resort in Tellico Plains.

Cole died, and Adams was wounded severely. But Anderson never was charged. Instead, 10th District prosecutors said Adams and Cole provoked a confrontation and Anderson was defending himself.

They charged Adams with reckless homicide in Cole's death, but a jury last year found him not guilty. The jury convicted Adams of assault for hitting Anderson, who he said at trial was holding a gun on Cole.

Adams has a hearing set Monday in Monroe County Criminal Court at which he will request a new trial on the assault conviction, court records show.

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