Wife Of Victim In Road Rage Case Said Manning Cut Off Their Vehicle, They Got Back In Front

Monday, December 23, 2013
Anna Caro Gallman is questioned by prosecutor Bill Hall. Also shown is defense attorney Lloyd Levitt.
Anna Caro Gallman is questioned by prosecutor Bill Hall. Also shown is defense attorney Lloyd Levitt.

The wife of a road rage victim testified Monday that Richard "Rick" Manning had cut them off on South Moore Road, then they got back in front. Anna Caro Gallman said her husband got out to see if their car had been hit, then had a few words with Manning.

Ms. Gallman said her husband, 39-year-old Norman Gallman, "was not angry at any point."

She said he went up to the Manning vehicle and told the driver, "Hey, be careful. Watch where you're going."

Ms. Gallman said she then heard a gunshot and saw her husband holding his stomach as he staggered back to their car. She said when he got in the car he said, "Oh, my God. Call 911." 

He died a short time later.

Manning, 62, is at Erlanger Hospital and was not able to come to the lengthy bond hearing conducted by General Sessions Court Judge Christie Mahn Sell.

Judge Sell declined to lower his $350,000 bond, but she said his son, niece, brother and minister, Nathan Brooks, can visit him at his hospital room.

The case was passed until Jan. 28.

Manning is charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault.

Ms. Gallman, who was accompanied by her attorney, Flossie Weill, said after Manning cut in front of them they were forced to the middle lane. She said they got back in front of Manning but had to stop for a red light at South Terrace in East Ridge.

She said Manning was driving close behind them at the time. She said when they got back in front of him he "was throwing his hands up and down like we had done something wrong to him." She said he "definitely appeared to be angry."

Ms. Gallman said after the shooting that Manning sped around them in his gold Chevrolet Impala. She said she was able to get the tag number off his vehicle.

She said she never heard Manning say anything at the time of the shooting.

Detective Karl Fields said when he arrived the driver's door of the Gallmans' Honda CR-V was open and there was blood on the pavement.

He said it took time to look up the tag number because it turned out it was a disabled tag. He said officers went three blocks to the Manning home on South Lovell. He said the Impala was backed into the driveway and there was a handgun in the front seat in a bag.

The detective said Manning was located a couple of hours later in a truck. He had another handgun with him. He said there was a gun safe and shelves of ammunition inside the house. Manning works as a gun safety instructor.

A relative said that day he had apparently driven to certify a security guard seeking a gun permit.

Sheriff Jim Hammond said Manning is under around-the-clock guard at the hospital and that no visitors have been allowed. Father Brooks, who is a former attorney, said he got in "with much difficulty and I was angry about it." He said Manning is a man of self-control "who has counseled me for years about my temper." 

Mark Manning, the defendant's son, called him "a really good man" who "has always been in law enforcement."

Relatives said he is in terrible health, suffering from two forms of cancer, diabetes, cellulitis, bleeding ulcers and heart and stroke problems.

Father Brooks said medical personnel have told him the fact that he is able to walk "is an incredible act of courage. He should be in a wheelchair."

He said when he visited him and gave him the sacrament of healing that he was unable to speak and only opened his eyes briefly.

Rachel Ryan, who was at the scene of the shooting, said she saw two vehicles stopped though the light was green for their direction. She said she saw the driver of the first car standing outside the second vehicle.

She said the man outside the car did not appear to be angry. She said, "I thought they may have had a fender bender."

Then the shooting happened and the driver in the rear sped away, she said.

Ms. Ryan said of the victim, "I saw no gesture whatsoever. I didn't see any indication of someone who was angry."  

  




Judge Christie Sell hears testimony from Mark Manning
Judge Christie Sell hears testimony from Mark Manning

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