Kingsport Times-News: Hawkins jury convicts man who tried to frame ex's boyfriend for attempted murder

Hawkins jury convicts man who tried to frame ex's boyfriend for attempted murder

Jeff Bobo • May 16, 2018 at 2:11 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who tried to frame his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend for attempted murder in 2015, costing the wrongly accused man three weeks in jail, was found guilty Monday on two felony counts.

Following a daylong trial in Hawkins County Criminal Court, it took about 45 minutes for the jury to return a guilty verdict against Billy McCarty Amyx on charges of filing a false report, a Class D felony, and fabricating evidence, a Class C felony.

Judge John Dugger scheduled a July 2 sentencing date in Sneedville for Amyx, 45, 286 Woodland Lane, Church Hill.

The top count carries a penalty of 3-6 years.

The victim, John Clark Weaver, 58, of Johnson City, spent three weeks in the Hawkins County Jail in 2015 on $750,000 bond charged with first-degree attempted murder.

Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said that when new evidence surfaced which exonerated Weaver beyond a shadow of a doubt, the charge was dropped and Weaver was released.

Weaver was originally accused of shooting Amyx outside the defendant’s residence on March 18, 2015.

According to police reports, Weaver is involved with Amyx’s ex-girlfriend, and Amyx has a child with that woman.

Amyx told the HCSO that shortly after 3 p.m. that day, he and a friend were working on the roof of his house when Weaver drove up to the front of the property and stopped.

Amyx told Detective Keith Long that Weaver made a derogatory comment about the girlfriend and the 19-month-old she and Amyx share.

Amyx reportedly told police that he jumped over his chain link fence and intended to fight Weaver, who then pointed a gun in his face. Amyx said he raised his left hand to protect his face, and the gun fired, striking his hand.

The HCSO later determined that Amyx planted blood on Weaver’s car.

Weaver testified Monday that he went from work at the Hutchinson Sealing plant in Church Hill straight to Sam’s Club in Church Hill that day, where his phone had tracked his movements and he had a time stamped receipt from his purchase.

Based on Amyx’s allegation, Weaver would have had to get from Amyx’s home in Church Hill to Sam’s Club in Johnson City in 16 minutes.

Amyx didn’t testify but his attorney called several witnesses who said they had seen Weaver’s vehicle on Amyx’s street in the days and weeks prior to Weaver’s arrest. One witness claimed she had seen Weaver there the day of the supposed shooting.

Amyx remains free on bond pending his July 2 sentencing hearing.

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