published Monday, August 29th, 2011

Man accused of killing 18-year-old headed to rehab program

Myles Stout is escorted into Judge Russell Bean's courtroom by Hamilton County court officer Tommy Eustice in this file photo. Stout faces charges in the shooting death of his friend, Myles Compton.
Myles Stout is escorted into Judge Russell Bean's courtroom by Hamilton County court officer Tommy Eustice in this file photo. Stout faces charges in the shooting death of his friend, Myles Compton.
Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A man accused of abruptly shooting and killing an 18-year-old acquaintance is headed to a ranch that claims to offer rehabilitation for young men with “life controlling problems.”

Myles Stout, 20, accused in the slaying of Myles Compton, will spend four months at Disciples of Christ Ranch in Okeechobee, Fla., after Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman granted Stout’s request to enter the program.

Stout is out on bond and awaiting trial next year. The time at the ranch will not count for any kind of court sentencing, Stout’s attorney Hank Hill said.

Stout faces charges for second-degree murder, reckless homicide and reckless endangerment for the March 9 shooting incident, which happened at the home of Compton’s friend Kevin Driscoll.

In May, Driscoll testified in General Sessions Court that he and a group of friends were passing around his father’s Sig Sauer handgun after Driscoll unloaded the firearm.

Driscoll said he didn’t know who loaded the gun before Stout handled it. Other witnesses testified Stout pressed the weapon to Compton’s chest and fired, according to Times Free Press archives.

Stout told police he did not know the gun was loaded when he shot and killed Compton.

For complete details, read tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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harrystatel said...

Murder someone. Go to camp.

Who ever said "Money Can't Buy You Love" was never in the Hamilton County Judicial system.

August 29, 2011 at 7:03 p.m.
rolando said...

The article doesn't say how the gun was "unloaded". Simply removing the magazine of a Sig Sauer doesn't necessarily fully unload it...a round could remain in the chamber and would fire if all safeties are off and the trigger is pulled. Most Sigs are double/single action -- like a revolver, it can be fired simply by pulling the trigger...cocking first is not required.

Having said that, and not knowing how the gun was unloaded, most people unfamiliar with handguns -- but familiar with TV "cop shows" and movies -- would assume the weapon was indeed unloaded.

These were not children. Unfortunately, not one of them was properly trained in handgun usage -- a comment on the fear certain segments of our society have of guns. This is one result of their folly -- an easily avoidable tragedy.

On the other hand, it could have been deliberate with malice aforethought.

August 29, 2011 at 8:50 p.m.
eastridge8 said...

So sad for the Compton family...no question this should have gone to trial...their son's killer off to camp in Florida...Next thing we'll hear is that he gets probation!! Money talks and is speaking LOUD and clear!

August 30, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.
maddawg said...

eastridge8, you should try to read the article. There will still be a trial.

August 30, 2011 at 11:59 a.m.
amnestiUSAF84 said...

The proper gun safety is to treat all guns as if they're loaded at ALL times. You never point a gun at an individual unless your intent is to harm or kill that individual, because your thoughts should be: there no such thing as an unloaded gun.

August 30, 2011 at 1:03 p.m.
osama said...

He,s white, case closed!!!

August 30, 2011 at 3:12 p.m.
rolando said...

Even better gun safety is to keep them all fully loaded with a full magazine and a round in the chamber, ready to go. Be sure to advertise the fact and instruct everyone in your family how to handle guns.

An unloaded gun is like a jet fighter without an engine...a worthless collection of metal parts.

August 30, 2011 at 3:58 p.m.
amnestiUSAF84 said...

With parents with money and/or connections, osama. This is meant to benefit him when his trial comes up. The boot camp counselors will be called as witnesses in his favor. He'll likely get timed served plus probation. Whereas, some drug user/pusher might be sentenced to 25 years to life for posessing a few crack rocks or cooking meth.

August 30, 2011 at 4:05 p.m.

This was a purposeful killing. The guy knew it was loaded and pulled the trigger to kill. No camp is going to cure his disease. It's probably just a ploy to lighten his sentence.

Osama, you are a racist. Why all the hate?

August 30, 2011 at 4:07 p.m.
rolando said...

So who kills more people, amnesti -- the drug pusher or this guy with an "unloaded" gun?

Show the elements of proof, please.

Intent? Opportunity? Motive? Gain?

Any of those against this guy?

I can give them for the pusher, regardless of the quantity he has: Questionable but with full knowledge of probability. Frequent with habitual users. Power and personal gain. Money.

August 30, 2011 at 5:12 p.m.
rolando said...

If you killed for stupidity, buge, half the population of Chattanooga would be dead. Or more.

August 30, 2011 at 5:13 p.m.
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