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UPDATE: Grand jury to decide if charges will be placed in shooting death

December 23rd, 2013 2:44 pm by J. H. Osborne

UPDATE: Grand jury to decide if charges will be placed in shooting death

Updated at 9:10 p.m.

BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson said Monday that his department’s investigation into a weekend shooting death continues, and whatever it uncovers will be sent to the Sullivan County grand jury.

Anderson said so far the investigation indicates the dead man, Robert “Bobby” Lane, 55, 125 Rocky Lane, asked his brother Richard Lane, 57, to meet him at their childhood homeplace at 117 Rocky Lane and to be there no later than 6 p.m. on Saturday. Rocky Lane is in the Bloomingdale community.

Anderson said the two men had been involved in an argument over property, either the homeplace or adjoining land, and Bobby Lane told Richard Lane he would have the sheriff’s office there for their meeting.

Anderson said when Richard Lane arrived at the unoccupied home, which is under renovation, no one was present other than Bobby Lane.

Neighbors were home, though, Anderson said — and it was neighbors who first called police to report a shooting at 5:55 p.m.

But Richard Lane also called 911 to report the shooting at 6:01 p.m., Anderson said.

Shortly after Richard Lane exited his vehicle, Bobby Lane hit him in the head with a piece of granite or marble — and Richard Lane then drew a .45-caliber  pistol and shot Bobby Lane, who died at the scene, Anderson said.

“Within a couple of minutes he hit him in the head and knocked him to the ground,” Anderson said. “And when he knocked him to the ground, Richard pulled out a weapon, a .45 semi-automatic, and fired several rounds and struck Bobby Lane. That’s basically what happened.” 

A sheriff’s detective working on the case said Richard Lane had a large knot on his head when deputies arrived at the scene.

It’s always sad when something like this happens between family members, Anderson said, but especially so this time of year.

Anderson added that he’s known the Lane family for years, although not the two men involved.

“It’s a tragic event, especially at a time like Christmas, for something like this to happen,” Anderson said.

There is quite a bit of work left for police, Anderson said.

“We want to talk to all the family members and anyone else who might have seen something,” Anderson said.

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Sheriff Wayne Anderson said the Sullivan County Grand Jury will decide whether charges will be forthcoming in the shooting death in Bloomingdale over the weekend.

Anderson said an ongoing investigation indicates the dead man, Robert "Bobby" Lane, 55, 125 Rocky Lane, asked his brother Richard Lane, 57, to meet him at their childhood home place at 117 Rocky Lane and to be there no later than 6 p.m. Saturday.

Anderson said the two men had been involved in an argument over property, either the home place or adjoining land, and Bobby Lane told Richard Lane he would have the sheriff's office there for their meeting.

Anderson said when Richard Lane arrived no one else was present and Bobby Lane hit him in the head with a piece of granite or marble, and Richard Lane then drew a .45 pistol and shot Bobby Lane, who died at the scene.

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