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Grandfather charged in killing arraigned

Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:49 PM

A grandfather charged with killing his grandson last week is due to appear in court at the end of May.

According to Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan, James Frances Hoover, 77, had an arraignment hearing Friday, where the judge moved his court date to May 28. Bryan said Frances Hoover is still in Wilson County Jail and being held without bond.

“The next step is a preliminary hearing on that May 28 date,” Bryan said. “So right now we’re in the process of getting evidence together and getting things to the labs and putting a case together.”

Bryan said the preliminary hearing in May would allow a judge to hear the evidence collected and then decide if there is enough evidence to move forward to a grand jury. 

Last Thursday, Bryan said two warrants for criminal homicide and attempted criminal homicide were issued for Frances Hoover, who is accused of fatally shooting his grandson and wounding his grandson’s girlfriend. 

The incident happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday night at 3330 Chicken Road, Bryan said. He said shots were fired in an initial altercation, and a second altercation ensued. 

Frances Hoover, along with his grandson James Chase Hoover, 31, and his girlfriend, Crystal Colyer, 31, all lived at the home.

Bryan said Chase Hoover was fatally shot and his body sent to state forensics in Nashville for an autopsy. 

Bryan said Crystal Colyer, 31, suffered a single gunshot wound to the lower part of her body. He said she was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and was released from the hospital Friday.

Frances Hoover also suffered a hatchet wound to the head, Bryan said.

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