An Athens man charged in a shooting last October had his case bound over to a grand jury this past week.

Paul Shane Strickland, 47, County Road 607, Athens, is charged in connection with the shooting death of Christopher Garrett, 26, Madisonville.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) alleges Strickland shot Garrett in the back of the head as they traveled down Highway 411 on the north end of Madisonville on Oct. 22.

TBI investigator Colton Brown said Strickland was in the backseat and Garrett in the front passenger seat and the two began to argue. Brown said he interviewed the woman who was driving the car and she said as they entered Madisonville, she heard a popping sound and Garrett slumped forward in his seat.

A news release said the woman attempted to get Garrett to a hospital but she ended up colliding with another vehicle on the highway. Strickland then allegedly jumped out of the car and ran into a wooded area where he was eventually found and taken into custody.

10th District Attorney General Steve Crump requested the TBI handle the investigation, but noted Madisonville Police and Vonore Police assisted along with investigators from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Blount County Sheriff’s Office and Loudon County Sheriff Office.

Strickland is charged with criminal homicide. No one was reported injured in the wreck that resulted from the alleged shooting.

Strickland is scheduled to appear before a grand jury on June 17. He is being held on a million dollar bond.

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