Meigs Co. man charged with attempted first degree murder
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Nov 08, 2012 | 2446 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation charged a Meigs County man with criminal attempt to commit first degree murder and aggravated child endangerment after a domestic incident.

The incident reportedly occurred in a Georgetown home Tuesday leaving the victim in critical condition, according to TBI information.

Jeron Smith, 22, of 213 Bradley Lane, Georgetown, was charged Wednesday afternoon with attempting to kill his mother Karen Neal, 50.

Meigs County Sheriff’s Department officials indicated today that Bradley Lane is just off Old Highway 58, in the southern part of Meigs County in the Georgetown community.

Kristen Helm, TBI information officer, said officials with the MCSD and TBI responded to the home Tuesday afternoon after Smith hit Neal in the head with a hammer following an argument.

Karen Neal’s husband, John Neal, 58, arrived shortly after the incident occurred to find Smith at the residence and the Neals’ 5 year-old grandson in the yard holding a shotgun that Smith gave him. The child was present at the residence when the incident occurred, according to Helm.

John Neal reportedly retrieved a shotgun from inside the residence and allegedly shot Smith, who then fled on foot.

Smith was later located by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office and transported to Erlanger Hospital.

Smith was released from the hospital Wednesday and booked into the Meigs County Jail regarding the attempted murder and child endangerment charge. He is being held at the jail under $110,000 bond, according to Helm.

Helm also noted that Karen Neal is currently at Erlanger Medical Center on life support.

TBI is investigating along with the MCSD and working with the 9th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.