On Tuesday, prosecutors outlined their reasons for seeking the death penalty against Jason Bryan Holt, the man charged with killing two people and injuring two others in a Grainger County pharmacy.
They first announced their intentions to seek the death penalty against Holt in June. A few weeks earlier, investigators say Holt, 37, entered the Down Home Pharmacy in Bean Station. He demanded prescription drugs, then gunned down the store's owner and pharmacist, Stephen Lovell, and a customer, Richard Alexander Sommerville, 72, of Bean Station. Two pharmacy employees were also shot, but they recovered.
On Tuesday, District Attorney General James B. Dunn filed the notice of intent to seek the death penalty at a hearing for Holt. It lists the following aggravating circumstances in the case that led to Dunn's decision: two other people were at risk of death when the murder was committed; the murder was committed to avoid or prevent prosecution; the murder was committed while the defendant was committing another crime (robbery); and the victim of the murder was seventy years or older.
Holt is scheduled to be back in court in December.