Three of them were charged with the death of a 10-year-old girl
ELIZABETHTON – Three men who were indicted in a Carter County drive-by shooting last month that killed a teenage girl sleeping on their family’s couch now all have attorneys after a brief visit to court on Monday.
Zachary Scott Scalf, 20, Jediah Shane Glover, 20, and Jason Bryan Barber II, 18, have been charged with first degree murder, eight reckless aggression, criminal conspiracy, and possession of a firearm or an antique firearm in the commission of a crime within days of the November 17th shooting.
The shooting took place at 5:30 a.m. at 121 Blevins Road that day. According to the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, 21 shots were fired into the house. One of the rounds hit 10-year-old Lillyhana Davis in the head while she was sleeping on a couch.
General Sessions Judge Keith Bowers Jr. appointed a public defender for Scalf, Attorney Joe Shults for Barber, and Attorney Casey Sears for Glover.
Investigators were told that the shooting was in response to a shooting on Halloween night in the same house on Blevins Road.
In that incident, investigators said they discovered that Zaylor Arnett had come to the house where he met resident Burley Canter. According to a sheriff’s affidavit, an argument broke out and Arnett drew a gun. The two men fought for control of the gun and she went and met Arnett.
During the investigation, Barber and Glover became suspects. Barber was taken into custody as a suspect in a shooting incident in Hampton on November 13th.
Investigators also believed the incident was a passing gunfight that took place at 199 Swimming Pool Road.
Investigators reported that eight AMTC .223 brass cases, two Winchester 9mm brass cases, and another 9mm brass case were found on the street in the Hampton scene in a pattern suggestive of drive-by shooting . Witnesses said the vehicle was a silver or gray Subaru Forester that was occupied by four people. A witness said one of the inmates was “Baby J.” Officers believe this was a nickname used by Barber.
According to the warrant, Barber was picked up on November 18 by the Washington County Sheriff’s Representatives at 141 Bucktown Road, Jonesborough and taken to the Carter County Sheriff’s Department for questioning.
At the time of his arrest, he was accompanied by Glover.
Barber was interrogated on November 19 by investigators who said he confessed to participating in the Blevins Road shootings. He was reportedly the driver of the vehicle during the drive-by shooting and the vehicle was also manned by Glover and Zachary Scalf.
According to the Sheriff’s Department affidavit, Barber said the November 17th shooting was planned and carried out in revenge for the Halloween shooting event and that he was driving while Glover and Scalf were shooting.
Bowers put the cases on hold for Wednesday so all three men can show up with their lawyers. There will likely be a preliminary hearing on Wednesday for a later date.
The three were held in Carter County Jail on bail of $ 900,000 each.