Harrison Woman Says After Husband Shot Her In Face He Told Her To "Put A Bandaid On It"

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Leon Biddy
Leon Biddy

A Harrison woman testified Tuesday that after her husband of two years shot her in the face he told her it "was only a scratch" and told her to "just put a bandaid on it."

Derita McDonough Biddy, 46, said she agreed to go along with him, then she ran out of the bathroom where she had been shot. She said she grabbed her cell phone, then she went outside and summoned help.

General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck bound charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment to the Grand Jury against 48-year-old Leon Melvin Biddy.

He ordered Biddy not to have contact with his wife. He is free on bond. 

Ms. Biddy said she was lying on the couch in their living room on Sept. 28 when Biddy came in with a shotgun, saying, "I tell you what. I'm going to kill you. Then I'm going to kill myself."

She said she first thought he was joking, but he then fired a shot into the ceiling.

The witness said she then ran into the bathroom, locked the door and got into the tub.

She said, "The whole time I was screaming at him - 'What are you doing? Put the gun up.' "

She said only a small portion of the side of her head was sticking out when Biddy fired a shot through the bathroom door. Her face was struck by particles from the gunshot.

Ms. Biddy said her husband saw blood and knew that she had been hit. She said, "He was hollering at me, 'Open the door. Open the door.' "

She said he kicked his way into the bathroom and told her, "You're fine." He said, "You want me to take you to the hospital? If I do, you know I'm done. They'll take me to jail." 

It was testified that Biddy had been drinking prior to the incident.

Ms. Biddy was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

After a short standoff, Biddy was taken into custody.  


Upcoming City Council Agenda For Tuesday

Here is the upcoming city council agenda for Tuesday: I. Call to Order. II. Pledge of Allegiance/Invocation (Councilman Grohn). III. Minute Approval. IV. Special Presentation. CHA’S YOU Summer Leadership Program Presented by Kate Morgan, Chattanooga Housing Authority V. Ordinances – Final Reading: (None) VI. Ordinances – First Reading: (None) VII. Resolutions: ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy Getting New Fire Equipment

The Soddy Daisy fire department will be getting some new equipment. At the commission meeting Thursday night bids were approved for the purchase and installation of emergency lights for the new squad trucks.   Another bid for $12,705 was approved to buy skid units, which are tanks and pumps for the trucks. These allow the firefighters to work off-road, such as for extinguishing ... (click for more)

Could The Marriage Decision Spark A New Independence Day?

I confess that this year I am having a hard time with the idea of celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day. It is not because I am not thankful to God for what was done on that day, what it represents, and the blessings I’ve experienced that flow from it. On the other hand, I want to think that maybe this year’s celebration will mark a period in our history in which a new movement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Pre-Fourth Observations

I hate to do this, right on the heels of my monthly ‘Walk in the Garden,’ but I have more things on my desk that I dare not leave unnoticed before tomorrow’s Star-Spangled celebration. Foremost is the plea to anyone who shoots off firecrackers to please wear eye protection and ask watchers to stand back. Our eye doctors say firecracker-related injuries have doubled in the last three ... (click for more)

Weather Prevails As Ridgeside, Red Bank Ends In A Draw

The Red Bank Gators and the Ridgeside Dolphins were supposed to swim each other for the second time in three days, but the overall winner was the weather man. The meet had not yet reached the midway point when lightning, thunder and heavy rain caused a delay with Ridgeside leading 165-156 following the medley relays. After a discussion with the respective pool reps, coaches ... (click for more)

TSWA Announces All-State Softball Teams

 The Tennessee Sports Writers Association has announced its all-state high school softball teams for 2015. Local selections include: AAA - Kayla Boseman (Fr), Ooltewah and Hallie Davis (Sr), Walker Valley; AA - Kaili Crawley (Fr) of Central; A - McKenna Morgan (Jr), Sale Creek; and, Division II-AA - Lauren Lewis (Sr), Kayla Hughes (Sr) and Cheyenne Lindsey (Fr) of Baylor.  ... (click for more)