Attorney Asks "Reasonable Bond" Due To Medical Issues For Man Charged With Road Rage Killing

Friday, December 20, 2013

The attorney for a man charged in a road rage killing on Tuesday morning is asking for a "reasonable bond" for Richard Allen "Rick" Manning due to medical conditions.

Attorney Lloyd Levitt said the 62-year-old Manning has recently undergone treatment for cancer, has a chronic and recurring internal bleeding condition due to treatment for cancer, is a severe diabetic, currently takes 13 different medications and must sleep with a CPAP machine.

He said Manning has gone through both chemotherapy and radiation for his stomach and prostate cancer.

Manning is charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault in the incident that claimed the life of 39-year-old Norman Alex Gallman, whose funeral is this afternoon. He was gunned down in front of his wife on Moore Road near the I-24 freeway.

The victim was employed with Brainerd Baptist Crossroads (BX). He coached youth basketball and various youth sports camps for the BX and was a baseball coach for the Ringgold Youth Athletic Association. 

Attorney Levitt said, "It is believed that the medical staff at the Hamilton County Jail cannot administer the appropriate treatment needed by the defendant."

He said he has two children, Mark Manning and Lashawn Manning.

Attorney Levitt said Manning "has worked in the private security business and also was formerly employed at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department for approximately eight years."

He said, "Due to his severe medical problems, the defendant is absolutely no risk to flee the jurisdiction and he has no criminal history."

Manning is due to appear Monday morning before General Sessions Court Judge Christie Mahn Sell. 

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