Clinton Walmart shooting suspect facing charges for 2 different violent crimes

L: Tommy Dearing, R: Robert Myers (Photos: Anderson County Sheriff's Office)

CLINTON, Tenn. (WATE) – A grand jury has returned indictments against Robert K. Myers for two different violent crimes.

Myers, 32, of Anderson County, is facing second-degree murder charges for a shooting in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Clinton on April 28. His ex-wife’s husband, Marshal Pinsly, 23, of Blaine was killed during the shooting, according to police.

Crystal Pinsly, Marshal Pinsly’s wife, said she believes a disagreement over child visitation was the catalyst for the shooting. She now wears her husband’s wedding ring every day.

“I don’t know how you say goodbye to the love of your life,” she said.

The Pinsly family says there’s a sense of anger, frustration and rawness learning the news about Myers’ arrest. They say it brings back a flood of memories from April 28.

“No amount of charges or court cases or jury findings are going to bring our boy back. So the devastation is real and this is going to be a very long, painful process, but he’s off the street, in a cage, where he belongs,” said Pinsly’s aunt Pam Covey.

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Marshal Pinsly (Left), Crystal Pinsly (Right), Source: Family

Dave Clark, the district attorney general for the seventh judicial district, said Myers is accused of shooting Marshal Pinsly after he approached his car in the parking lot.

“We knew all along that this wasn’t self-defense. We knew from the moment that it happened,” said Covey.

Investigators with the Clinton Police Department have been interviewing witnesses and collecting digital evidence which includes photos, cell phone data, and surveillance video.

“We’re just taking it day by day. It’s hard to think about tomorrow without him,” said Pinsly.

The family knows they’ll have to wait for answers to so many of their questions.

“We’ll be in that courtroom every single day, making sure that he gets every ounce of prison time that the law will allow in the state of Tennessee,” said Covey.

“He can rest easy and I can rest easy knowing that something is being done,” added Pinsly.

After the shooting, investigators with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and Clinton Police Department realized they had cases involving the same defendant.

Myers was also indicted on multiple charges of especially aggravated kidnapping, especially aggravated assault and attempted murder for an incident on February 8.

According to Clark, the victim said she was beaten at Myers home, loaded into a truck and taken at gunpoint to a remote mountain mining area where she was forced out of the truck, shot at and left for dead on a mountainside.

The District Attorney’s office said the victim was found on New River Highway in rural Anderson County and taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center where doctors performed emergency surgery. Clark said she was suffering from cuts, broken bones and a brain injury.

Tommy Dearing, 56, is listed as a co-defendant in the incident. Dearing shared a residence with Myers at a home on Airbase Road in the Briceville Community of Anderson County.

Dearing was arrested Thursday morning by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and is being held on a $75,000 bond. He was indicted on charges of facilitation of felony of attempted first-degree murder, accessory after the fact and simple posession or casual exchange.

Myers was arrested Wednesday night by the Clinton Police Department and is being held at the Anderson County Detention Center on a $600,000 bond. Both defendants are scheduled to be arraigned in the Anderson County Criminal Court on May 26.

More: Letter from District Attorney General on case


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