Bean Station Pharmacy Murder Suspect Indicted On Additional Charges

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Jason Bryan Holt
Jason Bryan Holt

The Bean Station man accused of shooting four people in a pharmacy robbery earlier this year has been indicted by the Grainger County grand jury on additional charges.

Jason Bryan Holt, 37, of 129 Hightower Road, was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of felony murder, five counts of aggravated assault, eight counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, six counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony and one count of especially aggravated robbery. He was originally arrested minutes after the shooting occurred on May 23, and charged with murder, attempted murder and aggravated robbery. He has remained in jail without bond since then. 

Holt entered the Down Home Pharmacy on Main Street and robbed the store at gunpoint of eight bottles of Oxycodone pills then shot all four occupants of the business. The store owner, Steve Lovell, 43, of Morristown, and a customer, Richard Sommerville, 72, of Bean Station, were shot and killed. Two pharmacy employees, Janet Clift, 46, of Rutledge, and Alexia Gail Wilson, 43, of Morristown, were also shot, but survived their injuries.

TBI, the Bean Station Police Department, Grainger County Sheriff’s Office, Rutledge Police Department and the 4th Judicial District Attorney General’s office were all involved in the investigation. Holt is scheduled to be arraigned in court next Tuesday, and remains in the Grainger County Jail without bond.



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