CLAXTON—Two people have been charged in the shooting on Clinton Highway in Claxton on Saturday, and one of them faces charges of attempted murder, authorities said.
Jacob Lynn Rutherford, 23, of Oak Ridge, has been charged with three counts of attempted murder, said Mark Lucas, Anderson County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy. Rutherford is in the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton pending bond that will be set at arraignment, Lucas said.
His girlfriend, Maggie Taylor Atteberry, 24, of Clinton, was charged with being an accessory after the fact, and she has been released on bond, Lucas said.
Deputies had responded to a report of a person shot at the Bread Box on Edgemoor Road on Saturday evening when they found Nathan Lynn Phillips, 36, of Clinton, with gunshot wounds. Another person was driving him to the hospital, but they had stopped at the store to call for an ambulance, Lucas said. Phillips was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville by Anderson County EMS. Phillips’ wounds were more serious than originally thought, and he remains in the hospital, Lucas said.
Deputies went to the residence on Clinton Highway, at the intersection with Lonesome Dove Road, where they found that William Ernest Foster, 34, who lives at the home, also had been shot. He was transported to UT Medical Center by Anderson County EMS, and he was treated and released, Lucas said.
Rutherford was charged with attempted murder for the shootings of Phillips and Foster, Lucas said. He also shot at a third person but missed, resulting in an additional attempted murder charge. There were four others present at the home at the time of the shootings, and additional charges are forthcoming against Rutherford, Lucas said.
“This case is still under investigation,” Lucas said. “The additional charges against Rutherford will be placed upon completion. As this is an ongoing case, no further details can be released at this time.”
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