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Kingsport trio charged with attempted murder, robbery

Kacie Breeding • Oct 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — A Kingsport trio accused of attempted first-degree murder during a home invasion robbery are set for a May 20, 2013, trial.

Brantley Scott Steadman, 30, and Donna Kay Steadman, 41, both of 3439 Forest View Drive, No. 11, and Christopher Snapp, 29, of 3937 Lynda Lane, each are charged with attempted first-degree murder, two counts of especially aggravated robbery, and one count each of conspiracy to commit especially aggravated robbery in Sullivan County Criminal Court. A Sullivan County grand jury indicted the trio on Feb. 15.

The incident occurred at 1505 Garden Drive at approximately 11:45 p.m. on May 19.

According to a police report, the Steadmans had visited the victims earlier in the day, shortly after the resident, Misty Adams, 25, had purchased her medication. They reportedly saw her put away the medication, which included Xanax and Roxicet.

Sometime after the Steadmans left, Adams and a woman identified as Amy Byington also left the apartment. Adams and Byington later returned to find the back door had been kicked in.

Adams said when she entered her apartment Brantley Steadman struck her in the face with a baseball bat, knocking her down. Byington said he also hit her in the head and in the side with the bat. He then allegedly fled with both women’s purses.

Police believe Donna Steadman helped Brantley Steadman make his getaway in a vehicle identified as a black Dodge Durango.

Court records identify the alleged weapon as an aluminum bat.

Both women were treated at Holston Valley Medical Center for “crushed or broken” bones, contusions and “brain bleeds.”

The Steadmans were arrested during a traffic stop about a week after the incident. Snapp was not charged until after he allegedly admitted talking and texting with the Steadmans about their plans to rob the alleged victims.

The conspiracy charge alleges Snapp helped the Steadmans break into the apartment and shut off the power, and that he waited with them for Adams and Byington to return, then helped steal the women’s purses after they were “disabled” due to their injuries.

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