An Anderson County man was charged with attempted first-degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault with serious bodily injury, and carjacking, among other charges, in indictments filed September 5.
Jason Bradley Braden, 28, of Longmire Road, is also facing theft, burglary, and trespassing charges.
The indictments said Braden intentionally tried to kill Marietta Banks on August 12, and he seriously injured her during the assault. Braden also assaulted Melissa Byrge, seriously injuring her, the indictments said.
The assaults were committed while Braden was displaying a crowbar and a knife, according to the indictments.
It’s not clear from the indictments if the alleged assaults occurred at the same time.
An indictment for especially aggravated burglary said Braden entered the home without permission intending to commit theft or a felony, and he caused serious bodily injuries to Banks and Byrge.
An indictment for especially aggravated kidnapping with a weapon said Braden confined Byrge while using the crowbar and knife.
He was charged with carjacking for allegedly taking a vehicle from Byrge while using a deadly weapon, and he took a cell phone from Banks, resulting in a theft charge, according to the indictments.
Braden was also charged with aggravated criminal trespassing for allegedly entering or remaining in the home of Banks and Byrge without permission and for being “reckless about whether his presence would cause fear for the safety of another.”
Here are the specific charges against Braden in the September 5 indictments: attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault with serious bodily injury, carjacking, especially aggravated kidnapping with a weapon, especially aggravated burglary, two counts of aggravated assault, theft of $1,000 or less, and aggravated criminal trespassing.
Rodney Minor of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department is listed as the state’s witness in the case.
Braden was arrested August 28 in a separate case, and he has remained jailed at the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton since then.
In that other case, reported as a domestic problem on Longmire Road on August 28, a woman who had a cut below her right eye and was bleeding from her mouth told Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Randy Lewis that Braden was going to kill her because she didn’t want to be with him anymore. Braden pulled out a knife and was going to kill her, said the woman, who was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.
In affidavits filed in Anderson County General Sessions Court in Clinton, Lewis said he entered the home to look for the knife and any evidence of the assault.
“The back bedroom walls had multiple areas of blood,” Lewis said. A bedroom window was open where the woman had fallen, the deputy said.
Lewis said he found a knife in the bathroom trash can where Braden was taken into custody, and the knife appeared to have blood stains.
There were also two clear bags of a substance that appeared to be “ice,” Lewis said. “Ice” can be used to describe methamphetamine, although it’s not clear if that is the specific drug allegedly found in this case.
In that August 28 case, Braden was charged with aggravated assault, prohibited weapons, and drug violations. A hearing has been scheduled in that case for 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 13, in Anderson County General Sessions Court in Clinton.
Braden’s bond in that case has been set for $112,000, according to Anderson County Circuit Court records. It wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday morning what Braden’s bond might be set at in the attempted murder case.
Longmire Road is on the north side of Clinton. It connects North Main Street (US 25W) in north Clinton to North Charles G. Seivers Boulevard (SR 61) near the Clinch River and Anderson County Detention Facility.
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