An attempted murder charge filed against an Oak Ridge man was sent to the grand jury on Tuesday after a woman was allegedly shot in the face at an apartment complex in May.
There was a preliminary hearing for Miccarrow D. Trice Jr., 25, in Anderson County General Sessions Court in Oak Ridge on Tuesday.
After the hearing, Anderson County General Sessions Court Judge Roger Miller bound over an attempted first-degree murder charge against Trice. That means the Anderson County Grand Jury in Clinton could now consider whether to file charges against Trice. There is no timeline for when the grand jury might hear the case, but the process can take six months or so. A grand jury indictment moves the case from general sessions court to criminal court.
The shooting was reported at Manhattan Apartments on North Purdue Avenue at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 20.
When officers arrived, they found the woman in the apartment parking lot with a gunshot wound in her face, the Oak Ridge Police Department said. The woman was taken to a local hospital to be treated.
A witness said the woman was shot during an argument over her car, according to arrest warrants filed by ORPD Detective Kevin Craig.
The witness said Trice tried to take woman’s car keys by force and with a deadly weapon. The woman’s injuries and physical evidence were consistent with the statements by the witness, Craig said.
Besides attempted murder, Trice had been charged with attempted especially aggravated robbery. But that charge was dismissed after Tuesday’s hearing, according to court records.
Trice’s bond has been set at $175,000. He remained jailed in the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton on Wednesday night.