published Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Bond set at $115,000 on 20-year-old murder suspect

A 20-year-old accused of shooting his 18-year-old friend in the chest, killing him, appeared in court this morning, where he was officially charged with second-degree murder.

Myles Stout also faces charges of tampering with evidence, reckless endangerment with a weapon and filing a false police report.

He is accused of killing Myles Compton by shooting him in the chest with a .38-caliber handgun.

Stout’s bond on the second-degree murder charge was set at $115,000 today by Hamilton County General Sessions Judge David Bales.

If convicted on the charge, Stout faces anywhere from 15 to 25 years in prison under state law. He remains in Hamilton County Jail.

His preliminary hearing was set for March 24 after prosecutors asked for more time to investigate the incident.

During interviews with investigators from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Stout said he thought the gun was unloaded when he pointed it at Compton and pulled the trigger.

But witnesses told investigators that Kevin Driscoll, who had about six young adults over at his parents’ home at 9125 Stoney Mountain Drive in East Brainerd, unloaded the weapons before passing them around. Stout apparently reloaded the gun before firing it at Compton, authorities said.

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

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