A Vonore man charged in a November 2018 shooting has been indicted by a Monroe County Grand Jury.
Joseph Rodney Barnes, 48, Happy Hollow Road, was indicted on a charge of first degree murder during criminal court’s November 2019 session. He is charged with killing Tony Best, 50.
A year ago, Monroe County Sheriff’s Detective Doug Mills said deputies responded to an area of Griffith Branch Road on a call of a man being shot and found Best had been shot in the head.
Despite this, Mill said Best was still alert and talking and he allegedly said Barnes was the one who had shot him.
Mills said Best was then taken to UT Medical Center and was reported to be paralyzed from the neck down.
Still, deputies were able to show him a photo lineup and he reportedly positively identified Barnes as the man who shot him. Best later died from his injury.
Barnes was arrested and charged with attempted criminal homicide at the time. The charge was later amended.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the 10th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation investigated the incident. Barnes was also wanted for violating his probation. He is scheduled to be back in court for a status hearing on Feb. 14.