By Becky Jane Newbold, Managing Editor
Piece by piece, the time line of events which led to and followed a shooting death on July 25, 2017 in Hohenwald were described in open court Tuesday.
During the preliminary hearing in General Sessions Court, the Honorable Judge Michael Hinson heard testimony from Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents, questioned by both Assistant District Attorney General Stacy Edmondson and the defendants’ attorney, John S. Colley III.
The defendant, Dennis Seale, sat with his head down for most of the three hour hearing during which TBI agents described a bloody scene discovered by local police.
The deceased, Brian Deavers, was found late in the day on July 25 and Seale was arrested just over a week later, August 1, 2017 in Virginia.
The cell phone of Seale, a 20 year employee of the State of Virginia Department of Transportation, was used in aiding law enforcement of his actions prior.
According to testimony, Seale’s wife, Melissa, had allegedly become involved with Deavers whom she met at a wedding, and intended to leave her husband. The Seales have two children.
Family members of Mr. Deavers sat quietly in the court room listening to the testimony.
Seale reportedly traveled from Virginia to Tennessee, entering the Deavers’ home through a window. Agents found at least two rooms in the home ransacked and a pool of blood near the victim. Shell casing recovered from the scene and from Seale’s property matched in ballistics testing performed by a state crime lab. Mr. Deavers had been shot multiple times in the torso and also had gunshot wounds in his arm.
After deliberation and careful consideration of requests by each legal counsel, Judge Hinson set bond for Seale at $500,000 with restrictions. If bond is met, Seale is to have no contact with his wife or the Deavers’ family and must pay travel expenses to return to Hohenwald for court, if members of the local sheriff’s department are required recover him.
The case was bound over to the Lewis County Grand Jury which is scheduled to meet in November.