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Sentencing delayed for Bristol man convicted in Christmas murder of Scott man

Wes Bunch • Jul 24, 2013 at 7:57 PM

GATE CITY — A Bristol, Tenn., man convicted earlier this year for his role in a Christmas 2011 slaying in Scott County will not be sentenced by a judge until next month after his hearing was continued Wednesday.

Charlie Joe Ramey, 61, is now set to be sentenced in Scott County Circuit Court on Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. by 30th Circuit Court Judge John Kilgore.

Ramey was convicted by a jury in March of felony murder, robbery and distribution of Schedule III drugs. Those charges stemmed from the Dec. 24, 2011, shooting death of Gregory Jerome Hale at his home near Nickelsville.

After finding Ramey guilty, the jury recommended he serve life in prison on the murder charge, 30 years on the robbery charge and an additional 10 years for the drug-related count.

The continuance was requested by defense attorney Joe Ransic due to the absence of a witness.

Ramey was convicted following a four-day trial, during which prosecutors argued that the murder occurred when Ramey and another man went to Hale’s home in order to purchase narcotics.

However, Hale was robbed and shot, authorities said. A medical examiner later testified that Hale died at the scene from gunshot wounds to the temple and forehead.

His body was found Christmas Day by a relative who went to his home to check on his well-being.

Ramey did not take the stand for his defense during the jury trial.

Ramey’s co-defendant and alleged trigger man in Hale’s shooting — Daniel Eugene Norris, 37, of Bristol, Tenn. — is scheduled to stand trial in Scott County Circuit Court in August on capital murder charges.

If convicted, Norris could face the death penalty.

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