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Convicted felons to appear in court on gun charges

Friday, February 1, 2013

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Merriweather
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Nance
Two convicted felons are scheduled to appear in Dyersburg City Court today after being arrested by police for possession of a stolen handgun.

Christopher Nance, 20, 27 Lyte Circle, Dyersburg, Tenn., and Damonty Merriweather, 19, 7343 Tenn. Drive Apt. 104, Dyersburg, Tenn., are both charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.

According to court documents, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, Dyersburg Police officers observed Nance allegedly hide a Glock handgun underneath a riding lawn mower at 1117 Palmer St. in Dyersburg. Upon questioning, Merriweather reportedly stated the pistol belonged to him and he had removed it from his waistband prior to Nance placing it under the mower. Merriweather also reportedly stated to police he had purchased the pistol from an unknown subject for $70. A check of the pistol's serial number confirmed it was stolen in Dyer County sometime in 2010.

Merriweather was convicted of robbery for an incident that occurred in January 2011 when, as a juvenile, he and other teenagers robbed Wilson's Mini-Mart at 700 Harrell Avenue in Dyersburg. During that incident, one of the teenagers informed people in the store he had a gun. Another jumped over the counter and struck the clerk in the face. Both of the suspects escaped on foot with an undetermined amount of cash and cigarettes. They were later apprehended in Tiptonville, Tenn. by Lake County Sheriff Bryan Avery after a Crime Stoppers tip came in about their whereabouts.

Nance has reportedly six prior cocaine drug convictions and is currently on probation for the offenses.

Both suspects are being held without bond in the Dyer County Jail. They are scheduled to appear in Dyersburg City Court today.


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Not gonna change nezt is murdering some one!

-- Posted by chief_ty20 on Fri, Feb 1, 2013, at 8:52 AM

This is a prime example why more gun laws will not curb gun crime because both of these young men will not obey any law !! and only honest law abiding citizens will obey stricter laws thanks to the DPD these two will be punished !!!!

-- Posted by bakermiller50 on Fri, Feb 1, 2013, at 10:17 AM

Stricter penalties for criminals with guns and enforcement will help gun crime and nothing else will. This is a prime example of why I am not about to give up my guns as long as I am breathing.

-- Posted by seahawk1 on Fri, Feb 1, 2013, at 4:30 PM

I agree with seahawk1 no need for more laws just enforce the one's we have now to the max

-- Posted by bakermiller50 on Fri, Feb 1, 2013, at 8:47 PM

Chicago has the strongest gun laws in the nation and yet their gun crimes are among the country's highest. It's simple: criminals of any sort don't obey the laws...

-- Posted by Dude2010 on Fri, Feb 1, 2013, at 11:21 PM


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