The Richmond Register


February 27, 2013

Gunshot victim, defendant testify in assault trial

Gunshot victim



Defendant testifies

Denver Rearick took the stand in his own defense at the end of the day. He said he also had considered Richie his best friend, especially after he took the man under his wing during pre-deployment training at Fort Campbell.

While in Iraq in 2005, the two men patrolled the “Triangle of Death” area of Baghdad and were constantly in dangerous combat situations. Rearick and Richie were both diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder prior to discharge from the Army.

The night of the get-together in Waco, Rearick acknowledged that he, Richie and another friend were acting recklessly with several guns. His attorneys had entered into evidence several pictures from that night in which the men are seen holding guns to their heads and pointing pistols at each other.

“We were screwing around with guns,” Rearick said as he looked at the pictures. “... It’s dangerous, don’t do it, most 13-year-olds know not to do that.”

Rearick said he was alone in the living room with Richie, searching for a clean T-shirt when he heard a gun go off behind him. He turned to see Richie falling to the floor, bleeding from his eye, nose and mouth.

Another man, Stewart Thain, called 911. In the background, Rearick can be heard saying Richie shot himself as he urged his friend to keep breathing.

Thain and Rearick administered first aid until paramedics and police officers arrived.

Rearick adamantly denied shooting Richie.

“Never in all the years I’ve known him have I put my arms around that man’s neck and stuck a gun in his mouth,” Rearick said.

Rearick also said he was not drunk that night, even though he had been drinking alcoholic beverages. His parents, Randy and Becky Rearick, took the stand to also testify that their son and the other men did not appear drunk when they had dinner with the couple a few hours before the shooting.

Although several prosecution witnesses over the prior two days of trial have testified that Rearick changed his story about what happened Jan. 22, 2011, Rearick maintained that he always told people that he “didn’t know” how Richie was shot.

The trial resumes today at 9 a.m. Judge Jean C. Logue said the case will be in the jury’s hands for deliberation later on today.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at or 624-6694.


Text Only
  • 7-25 William Gilbert.jpg Four arrested on meth charges at Berea motel

    Berea Police arrested four people Wednesday at the Knights Inn on Chestnut Street, including a man they said tried to conceal a meth lab on his person.

    July 24, 2014 5 Photos

  • 7-24 Justin Smith.jpg One arrested, one sought in Sunday home invasion

    Two men in search of another man broke into a Keystone Drive home Sunday and harassed residents in another nearby home Monday, according to a Richmond Police report.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • RPD: Man falls through ceiling attempting to elude police

    When Richmond Police went to Cody Shelton’s Kristin Drive apartment at 9:44 p.m. Wednesday to arrest him on a parole-violation charge, they said he attempted to elude them by hiding in the attic crawl space.

    July 18, 2014

  • Man indicted in Manhattan Club shooting

    A man charged in a May 20 shooting at the Manhattan Club in which a man was wounded was indicted Wednesday by a Madison County grand jury.

    July 17, 2014

  • 7-18 Aaron Tate.jpg Local burglary suspect found in Texas border town

    A man wanted in Madison County on burglary and criminal mischief charges since March was arrested July 11 by the U.S. Marshal Service in Brownsville, Texas, on the Mexican board.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mother pleads guilty to allowing child rape

    Deanna Lawson, charged with 20 counts of complicity in the rape and sodomy of a minor, pleaded guilty in Madison Circuit Court on Wednesday.
    Between October 2011 and September 2012, Eric Kelley had sexual relations with Lawson’s two daughters, according to court documents.
    She was charged with complicity after police said they learned Lawson knew of the crimes but didn’t try to stop them or alert authorities.

    July 12, 2014

  • No extra jail time for parents on prostitution charge

    Anthony and Kathy Hart, two Madison County residents who pleaded guilty May 21 to prostituting their daughters, won’t be seeing any extra time in jail.
    Both parents, who served time in jail while their charges were pending, were sentenced to probation Thursday in Madison Circuit Court.

    July 11, 2014

  • RPD arrests three on drug charges

    A couple is facing several charges after police said they sold drugs to an undercover officer late last year.
    In December 2013, the Richmond Police Narcotics Unit purchased a quantity of suboxone strips from Ryan Anderson, 30, and Chastity L. King, 28, on two occasions during a covert investigation, according to an RPD news release.

    July 11, 2014

  • Charges reduced against Detroit man who tried to elude police

    A Detroit man who led police in a brief vehicle chase May 8 and then attempted to hide in a ditch will spend 120 days in jail after pleading guilty to reduced charges Wednesday in Madison District Court.

    July 9, 2014

  • 7-10 Robert Farra.jpg Early Wednesday traffic stop leads to meth arrest

    An early Wednesday traffic stop by Madison County Sheriff’s deputies led to the driver’s arrest on meth-making charges.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

What county fair attraction do you like most?

Amusement rides
Beauty pageants
Flora Hall craft exhibits
Horse shows
Livestock, poultry shows
Truck, tractor pulls
Mud, dirt races
Gospel sing
I like them all
     View Results