MADISONVILLE-A grand jury that once
turned down a district attorney's request for a murder charge gave
a family member of the victim a different outcome.
Josh Anderson, 30, Tellico Street,
Madisonville, admitted in the trial of another man in the 2009
killing of Vince Cole that he was the one who pulled the trigger.
Despite this, former Assistant District Attorney Jim Stutts said a
previous grand jury had ruled the case one of self-defense.
Grand jury proceedings are kept
confidential, but a relative of Cole was able to convince a grand
jury in June that Anderson needed to be brought to trial on a murder
charge. A grand jury conviction is not an indication of guilt, but
simply states the jury believes there is enough proof for the case to
Anderson is now charged with
second-degree murder and possession of a weapon while under the
influence. His wife, Jamie Anderson, is charged with facilitation of
second-degree murder, as she allegedly provided the gun Anderson used
to kill Cole.
The killing happened at Hidden Lake
Campground outside of Tellico Plains after several people got in a
fight. Danny Adams was originally charged in connection with Cole's
death, but a jury was only able to bring a simple assault conviction
Anderson admitted during his testimony
in that trial he had shot Cole, but said it was in self-defense.
Anderson has had a couple of run ins
with the law this year. He was arrested April 10 on charges he had
thrown cinder blocks at passing cars and had fired a weapon inside
A little more than a week after the
cinder block incident, Anderson turned up in the woods behind Benton
Hams on Highway 411, carrying a pistol and claiming people were
Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Wes
Martin said officers were able to call Anderson on a cell phone and
get him to come out of the woods. A gun was found in his left back
pocket and he said people were chasing him at random times.
Martin took Anderson to Sweetwater
Hospital for a mental evaluation, but he turned up again on April 30
when Martin saw him at the Advance Auto Parts on Highway 411 in
Martin knew that Anderson had never
been charged in connection with the incident behind Benton Hams and
pulled in to arrest him.
Anderson surrendered, but as Deputy
Derrick Graves was escorting him to a patrol car. Anderson to destroy
a Methadone bottle with two pills in it believed to be Clonazepane.
Upon searching Anderson's truck,
Martin said officers found an 11 1/2-inch Mac Tools knife, a two-foot
machete, a 22-inch metal bar and a 44-inch stick in shrink wrap. They
also found 2 3/4 12-gauge shotgun with no serial numbers on it.
Martin said there was a shell inside the chamber of the gun.
Both Andersons are scheduled to be
arraigned July 15.