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Incarceration keeps burglary suspect from court appearance

Kacie Dingus Breeding • Sep 25, 2007 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — A Kingsport resident shot by a Blountville man during an alleged aggravated burglary in March 2006 and accused of especially aggravated robbery in August 2006 was scheduled for a final forfeiture hearing Friday, but he was incarcerated in a state prison.

Donald Scott Bridges, 27, of 509 Rich Drive, was shot in March 2006 by Roy Lowell Wilson, a Brookside Drive homeowner who fatally shot a man last month at his home during a separate incident.

In August 2006, Bridges is accused of forcing a man to remain in an Alderwood Street home while a second suspect, identified in court records as Vincent “Bumpy” Randall, allegedly beat a man in another room with a golf club, leaving him bruised, bloodied and with a broken jaw.

A scire facias order allowing Bridges’ bonding company six months to locate Bridges was issued March 12 after Bridges failed to appear for a court date on a charge of especially aggravated robbery.

An additional failure to appear charge stemming from Bridges’ no-show in March upped his bond to $10,000, which the bonding company was supposed to pay if Bridges wasn’t in court during the final forfeiture hearing.

Although Bridges didn’t make it to court Friday, court documents show that he has been found — in the West Tennessee State Penitentiary. No one was available at the state prison to disclose the reason for Bridges’ incarceration.

District Attorney General Greeley Wells said Monday that because Bridges has been found incarcerated, his absence during court proceedings would not be held against him, and the bonding agency will not have to forfeit bond.

The court has filed an order requiring the state to release Bridges to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office for transport to the local jail prior to an Oct. 26 status review in a Blountville court.

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