published Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Chattanooga 'road rage' suspect remains in custody

A bond hearing Monday for a man charged in a Dec. 17 "road rage" homicide resulted in no change to his original $350,000 bond.

His preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for Jan. 28.

Richard Allen Manning, 62, is charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault in the shooting death of Norman Gallman, 39, at the intersection of Moore Road and North Terrace.

Lloyd Levitt, Manning's attorney, argued at Monday's hearing that his client was too ill to remain in jail as he awaited the outcome of the charges.

Manning has had cancer. He now is battling diabetes, cellulitis and congestive heart failure, Levitt said.

General Sessions Court Judge Christie Mahn Sell kept the bond at $350,000 and scheduled the preliminary hearing for Jan. 28 after Manning could not make it to court while being treated at Erlanger hospital.

He's been in the hospital since Friday. At his scheduled preliminary hearing, the judge will weigh whether there is enough probable cause to send his case to a grand jury for a possible indictment.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond confirmed that Manning still is in custody while being treated for his medical conditions. There will be guards on him "around the clock," Hammond said.

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