Hawkins man gets six years for planting blood in bogus shooting scheme

Jeff Bobo • Jul 12, 2018 at 8:54 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man whose false statements resulted in a romantic rival spending three weeks in jail charged with attempted murder was sentenced Tuesday to six years and fined $10,000.

In 2015, Billy McCarty Amyx planted blood on the vehicle belonging to John Clark Weaver, 58, Johnson City, and accused Weaver of shooting him.

On May 14, Amyx, 46, 286 Woodland Lane, Church Hill, was convicted by a Hawkins County jury following a one day trial on one count of filing a false report, a Class D felony, and one count of fabricating evidence, a Class C felony.

On Tuesday, Judge John Dugger gave Amyx the maximum six year sentence on the top count, with parole eligibility after serving 30 percent.

Dugger did allow Amyx to remain free on $20,000 bond pending his motion for a new trial, which is scheduled for Aug. 30 in Rogersville.

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

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

Amyx told the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office 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.

Amyx told Detective Keith Long that Weaver made a derogatory comment about the woman 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 at the May 14 trial that on the day of the supposed shooting he went from work at the Hutchinson Sealing plant in Church Hill straight to Sam’s Club in Johnson City, 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.

Weaver was held on $750,000 bond during his time in the Hawkins County Jail.

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.

Amyx didn’t testify during his trial, 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.

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