SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL)- The man facing 15 charges following a deadly shooting spree in Bristol, Tennessee pleaded not guilty in court Friday.
After more than two weeks in the hospital Lakeem Keon Scott was booked in the Sullivan County jail on Monday.
Investigators said Scott sparked a shoot-out with police earlier this month after they said he began firing at cars and police along Volunteer Parkway. Scott spent two weeks in the hospital after being shot by police who responded to the shooting.
One person was killed and several others — including a police officer — were hurt.
Friday, Scott appeared in court for the first time.
“The next step, we will come back in September for an announcement. At that point I intend to make a decision on whether were going to seek the death penalty, life without parole, or life,” District Attorney General Barry Staubus said.
Earlier this month, a Sullivan County grand jury indicted Scott for first degree murder, seven counts of attempted murder, and using a gun while committing a serious crime.
Friday, the judge appointed a public defender to represent Scott and they entered a plea of not guilty, something Staubus said did not come as a surprise.
“It’s routine that the defense attorney is going to have the person plead not guilty because at this point, they’ve just been appointed, they don’t know virtually anything about the case,” Staubus said.
Scott remains in jail, with bond set at $5 million.
He could also find out when he stands trial at his next court date on September 16th.
A Public Information Officer with the TBI said a Days Inn clerk was shot through the window at 2:20 a.m. The suspect later shot at vehicles along the roadway.
Scott is also believed to have fired into a vehicle killing Jennifer Rooney, a Bristol Herald Courier newspaper carrier.
The TBI also identified David Whitman Davis, 45; Kathy Fleenor, 66; Harold Fleenor, 73; Deborah Watts, 53; Officer Matthew Cousins, 46; Officer Jonathan Forbes, 28; and Officer Ronald Cowan, 25, as victims.
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