TERRY MYERS PRELIMINARY HEARING

THE MORNING STARTED WITH THE INFORMATION THAT ONLY 5 MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA WERE ALLOWED IN THE COURTROOM DUE TO THE SIZE OF THE ROOM. IT WAS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE, I WAS THE FIRST MEDIA PERSON TO ARRIVE, SO I WAS GIVEN A SEAT. THE SECURITY WAS VERY TIGHT, EVEYONE GOING INTO THE COURTROOM HAD TO BE SCANNED FOR WEAPONS. POCKET CONTENTS PLACED ON THE TABLE. OUTSIDE SUPPORTERS OF TERRY MYERS WAITED FOR ANY RESULTS. CAMERA CREWS WERE ALSO OUT THERE.

THE HEARING STARTED AT 10 AM, LESLEY CHILDERS POTTS WAS THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY FOR THIS HEARING. SHE REQUESTED A CONTINUANCE DUE TO ORSINO THURMAN EMAILING HER, TELLING HER HE COULD NOT MAKE THE HEARING. JUDGE BINGHAM DENIED THE MOTION, AND THE HEARING GOT STARTED. 2 FEMALES AND TWO MALES TESTIFIED, ALL 4 WERE PRESENT ON AUGUST 24, 2020. IT APPEARED THEY DID NOT KNOW EACH OTHER. THE ADVOCATES WERE FROM STATES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THEY DID NOT START THEIR JOURNEY TO WASHINGTON AT THE SAME TIME. SOME JOINED IN DIFFERENT PERIODS OF TIME.

ALL 4 TESTIFIED THAT THEY WERE NOT PARKED IN A PARKING LOT, THEY STATED THEY WERE PARKED ALONG THE ROADWAY, AND THEY BELIEVED THAT THE PARKING LOT IN QUESTION WAS A GRAVEL TURN AROUND SPOT. THEY STATED THEY STOPPED THERE TO TALK ABOUT THEY WERE GOING TO PROCEED TO WASHINGTON, THERE WERE CHILDREN THERE AS WELL, SO PEOPLE ATE, CHILLED OUT, RESTED, AND DID STRETCHES
TO GET READY TO START WALKING.

ALL 4 TESTIFIED THAT WHILE THEY WERE CHILLING OUT, THEY HEARD WHAT THEY THOUGHT SOUNDED LIKE A GUN SHOT. THEY THOUGHT NOTHING OF IT, UNTIL THEY HEAD ANOTHER SHOT, AND TERRY MYERS APPEARED WITH A SHOT GUN, THEY TESTIFIED THAT MYERS STARTED YELLING TO GET THE FUCK OFF HIS PROPERTY, AND WAS YELLING GET THESE FUCKING CARS MOVING. A BLACK FEMALE WITNESS TESTIFIED THAT MYERS WAS USING THE WORD NIGGER AT TIMES. ALL 4 TESTIFIED THEY MYERS KEPT YELLING AS THEY ATTEMPTED TO GET IN THEIR VEHICLES AND LEAVE, THEY STATED THAT SOME TOLD HIM, WE HAVE KIDS HERE, GIVE US A MINUTE TO GET IN OUR CARS, BUT MYERS KEPT YELLING.

ONE WITNESS STATED THAT MYERS ATTEMPTED TO BLOCK A VEHICLE FROM LEAVING BY STANDING IN FRONT OF IT. DURING CROSS EXAMINATION, THE MYERS ATTORNEY WAS ASKING QUESTIONS LIKE, WHO PUT THE WALK TOGETHER, WHY WERE THEY NOT WALKING IN THE DAY LIGHT, DID THEY NOTIFY POLICE THAT THEY WOULD BE WALKING THROUGH BEDFORD COUNTY. DID THEY HAVE A SAFETY VEHICLE IN THE FRONT WITH FLASHING LIGHTS. ALL 4 WITNESSES STATED THERE WAS ABOUT 10-13 CARS, TWO AT A TIME IN A LONG ROW, SO SOME WAS ABLE TO SEE MYERS, AND SOME DID NOT.

THE WITNESSES STATED THEY SEEN TERRY’S FATHER ON HIS PORCH, HOWEVER IT WAS A FAR ENOUGH DISTANCE AWAY, THAT IF HE DID TELL THEM TO LEAVE, THEY COULD NOT HEAR HIM. MYERS ATTORNEY ASKED MORE QUESTIONS LIKE, DID YOU SEE ANYONE DANCING ON CARS, DID YOU SEE ANYONE URINATING IN THE MYERS PARKING LOT, THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE SHOWN TO SUPPORT ANYTHING LIKE THAT TOOK PLACE. A 9 MM HAND GUN WAS FOUND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD, DNA EVIDENCE PLACED ORSINO THURMAN AS TOUCHING THE GUN AND BULLETS THURMAN HAS SEVERAL FELONIES WHICH PREVENTED HIM FORM POSSESSING A GUN, AS IT TURNED OUT, THE GUN WAS REGISTERED TO A FRIEND OF THURMAN, BUT IT WAS NEVER MENTIONED HOW THE GUN GOT INTO THE HANDS OF THURMAN.

WHEN THE OFFICER TESTIFIED, HE MIGHT AS WELL BEEN TESTIFYING FOR MYERS. HE SEEMED CONFUSED AT TIMES. THE OFFICER AND THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY DEBATED ON WHERE THURMAN WAS STANDING WHEN HE SHOT AT MEYERS. THEY FOUND A 9MM BULLET IN THE MYERS GARAGE ON THE SAME SIDE OF HIS HOUSE, AND FOUND BULLET ON A VEHICLE WHICH WAS ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE MYERS HOME. THE BIG DEBATE WAS WHO SHOT AT WHO FIRST, MEYERS ATTORNEY STATED THAT THURMAN SHOT AT MEYERS FIRST, EVEN THOUGH MEYERS WAS THE ONE WHO BROUGHT A GUN INTO THE INCIDENT, BUT THE ATTORNEY DEBATED THAT TWO WARNING SHOTS IS LEGAL. THURMAN SHOT AT MEYERS TWICE BUT NEVER HIT HIM, MEYERS RETURNED FIRE AND SHOT THURMAN IN THE FACE AND TORSO WITH THE PELLOTS FROM THE SHOT GUN.

THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE PRESENTED THAT SHOWED, ANYONE MADE THREATS OR ATTEMPTED TO CROSS THE STREET TOWARDS THE MEYERS HOME. THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY POINTED OUT, THAT TERRY MEYERS FATHER WAS NOT IN DANGER, AND THAT NOT ONE PERSON EVEN SAID ANYTHING TO HIM. THE POLICE HAD ALREADY BEEN CALLED FOR THE POLICE TO GET THE PEOPLE TO MOVE OFF HIS PROPERTY.

IN THE END, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY DISMISSED A LOT OF THE CHARGES, AND JUDGE BINGHAM TOSSED OUT ALL THE SIMPLE ASSAULT CHARGES, HE CHANGED THE HARASSMENT CHARGE FROM A CRIMINAL CHARGE TO A SUMMARY OFFENSE. AND SENT 7 COUNTS OF RECKLESSLY ENDANGERING ANOTHER PERSON TO COUNTY COURT.

MY SUMMARY: BASED ON SWORN TESTIMONY, THE PEOPLE WAS NOT ON HIS PROPERTY, THEY WERE PARKED ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. THEY WERE NOT BOTHERING THE FATHER, IF TERRY MEYERS WAS SO CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OF HIS FATHER, WHY DID HE WALK, AND NOT GET IN HIS VEHICLE TO GET THERE FASTER. IT WAS STATED, HE GRABBED HIS SHOT GUN, A BOX OF AMMO, AND SOME SNUFF, WALKED IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD, AND FIRED HIS RIFLE WHERE PEOPLE COULD NOT EVEN SEE WHO WAS FIRING AT FIRST. HE NEVER TRIED TO RESOLVE THE SITUATION PEACEFULLY. ACCORDING TO TESTIMONY, HE MADE THREATS, USED RACIAL SLURS, AND TERRORIZED SMALL CHILDREN, SINCE THEY WERE NOT BOTHER HIS FATHER, WOULD IT NOT HAD BEEN EASIER TO JUST WALK UP AND TALK TO THE GROUP, TO ME, IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE IF THE PEOPLE HAD GUNS, IT WAS TERRY MEYERS WHO BROUGHT A GUN INTO THE SITUATION, WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN RESLOVED PEACEFULLY, IF THAT IS WHAT TERRY MEYERS WANTED. BUT HE DECIDED TO GO A DIFFERENT ROUTE, WHICH ENDED IN SOMEONE GETTING SHOT, AND HE PUT HIS FATHER IN DANGER BY HIS ACTIONS. THIS WAS NOT A CASE OF SELF DEFENSE, NOT EVEN CLOSE.

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