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Accused shooter appears in court

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Joseph C. Hendry, II

LEBANON -- The young man accused in the shooting death of 13-year-old C'Asia Patton was scheduled to appear in Judge Brody Kane's courtroom Friday morning, Jan. 23.

According to a representative in the Criminal Court Office, there was an 8:30 a.m. arraignment for Joseph Christopher Hendry Jr., 19, in open court.

Hendry had retained attorney Robert MacPherson of MacPherson & Youmans to represent him in charges separate from the shooting. According to the Criminal Court Office, MacPherson will also represent him at the arraignment on Friday.

A call was made to MacPherson's office for comment; however, a representative could not comment. "I can't give out any information about any clients we represent," she said.

Hendry's charges include felony first degree murder, premeditated first degree murder, attempted first degree murder and four counts of aggravated assault. He is being held without bail at Wilson County Jail.

Hendry was arrested on Tuesday by U.S. Marshals at a Brentwood hotel. LPD Interim Chief Michael VanHook said that LPD investigators had done an outstanding job and worked with agencies including the 15th Judicial District's Attorney's Office, Wilson County Sheriff's Office, FBI and Metro Nashville Police Department.

VanHook said Hendry will be read his charges at the arraignment and they will likely coordinate a bond hearing. He added that the investigation is still ongoing.

The shooting in which he is suspected to be involved occurred on the night of Jan. 5. Patton, a seventh grader at Winfree Bryant Middle School, was asleep in her bed at her grandmother Minnie McReynolds' home at the corner of Floral and Sycamore streets, when she was struck with one of the multiple rounds fired into the home.

She was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition. Patton was taken off life support Thursday, Jan. 8, and passed away around 12:30 a.m.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at College Hills Church of Christ and attracted a crowd estimated at 1,000.

Mayor Philip Craighead spoke at the funeral and encouraged the community to come together in finding a solution for youth violence "not just for a month of two after events like this - but formulate plans that will have longevity and effectiveness."

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