Judge Says Man Caught In Home Invasion Cannot Live Within 10 Miles Of Beating Victim

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom on Tuesday told a man caught in a home invasion in which a homeowner was pistol whipped that he cannot live within 10 miles of the victim if he gets out of jail.

Judge Statom told validated gang member Tyrrell Garner, 27, "You are a danger to the community and it is likely that you will reoffend should you be able to get out on bond."

She added, "We do not want people like you in our community. We deserve to live in peace in our community and not be threatened and harassed by gang members going into the homes of people who work for a living.

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Judge Statom told Garner if he makes bond he will have to be on an electronic monitor "so we will know if you get within 10 miles of the victim."

She said, "If you have to move across the river, then move across the river."

Bond for Garner was raised to $1,150,600.

Judge Statom told the second defendant, 21-year-old Patrick Postell, he cannot be within five miles of the victim's home on Woodmore Lane. His bond was increased from $600,000 to $800,000.

In the incident Jan. 24, Egurtis Butchee said he was hit in the head with handguns as many as 100 times by Garner, Postell and a third man. He said he was also kicked and stomped and was hit with a frying pan.

His nose was broken in two places and his cheekbones and the bones around his eye sockets were broken. There was also bruising to his heart.

Detective Dale Taylor said the kitchen of his residence was covered with blood, including one large pool of blood.

Butchee, who also has faced a number of arrests, said that morning he took his daughter to school and returned to find that his pit bull was missing out of his back yard. He said he looked for the dog, then took two other children to school and also gave his wife a ride.

He said he continued to drive around in his pickup truck looking for the missing dog. He said as he returned to his home, a neighbor told him that a silver or gray car had pulled up, three men got out, and they ran to the back of his house.

The witness said as he approached the house Garner and Postell came out from one side and a third man from the other side. He said all three had handguns and wore masks.

He said they forced him into his front door and began demanding money. He said they began beating him with he said he did not have any money.

He said he struggled with the trio in the kitchen as Postell kept saying, "He's lying and he's going to die."

Butchee said he then begged them to spare him, saying he had a wife and six children.

But he said he again began to fight them and try to get to the front door when some of their masks came down and he got looks at their faces, then they said they would have to kill him.

He said he was near the front door when one of the group spotted police outside and all began running out of the back door. Garner and Postell were captured, but the third man got away.

The victim was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Det. Taylor said a handgun was found in the back yard. He said a box of ammunition with 15 rounds was found on Postell. He said the gun that was found had a magazine that held 15 rounds. The gun had been stolen.

 

 


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