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Victims in East Tennessee pharmacy shooting were shot execution style

7:18 PM, May 24, 2013   |    comments
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Jason Bryan Holt

The ex-cop accused in a shooting spree in a Grainger County pharmacy ordered his victims to get on their knees before he shot them, according to a police report.

Jason Bryan Holt, 37, was charged late Thursday with murder after the shooting at the Down Home Pharmacy in Bean Station.  The store's owner and pharmacist, Stephen Lovell was killed, along with a customer, Richard Alexander Sommerville, 72, of Bean Station.  Two pharmacy employees were also shot. Pharmacy technician Alexia Gail Wilson, 45, of Morristown and Janet Colleen Clift were taken to UT Medical Center by Lifestar helicopter.

The report gives new details about the crime.  Investigators say Holt came into the store around 11:20 am and demanded prescription drugs.  Lovell put a tray of drugs on the counter.  Holt then ordered Lovell to lock the front door.  When Lovell returned to the pharmacy counter, he ordered all four of the victims to kneel behind the counter, then shot them in the head. 

District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn said Wilson was the last one to be shot, and she attempted to stop Holt by rushing at him, and he shot her in the cheek. Family members say both women fought back.

He left the pharmacy through a back door and was arrested shortly after on Rocky Springs Road and Broadway.

Holt was a Bean Station police officer from 2002 to 2004, when the chief says he resigned.  After that, he worked a short time at the Grainger County Sheriff's Department.

In 2006, Holt pleaded guilty to burglary, for breaking into the evidence locker at the Bean Station police station and stealing drugs.  He was sentenced to three years of judicial diversion.

In 2009, he was arrested for domestic violence but the case was dismissed.

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