All four men entered not guilty pleas to these charges.

These charges are only accusations, and all named individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

All three charges are misdemeanor crimes, which are alleged to have arisen during the course of an investigation of a shooting that occurred on the night of Oct. 27, 2017 on Eagle Branch Road in Alderson at the Tolliver residence. According to state police, Frederick D. Tolliver, 66, fired shots at an ATV that was carrying five people who were riding around in the area, and were using Tolliver’s driveway to turn around when Tolliver shot at them. The five people included Copenhaver, Lightner, Smith, Earhart and off-duty officer Macaden Brackenrich. Brackenrich was critically injured by the gunfire and is paralyzed as a result of his injuries. Two other individuals sustained lesser injuries as a result of this incident.

Tolliver was arrested and charged with five counts of attempted murder, but when the evidence was presented to the grand jury on Tuesday, July 17, they did not return an indictment from any crime arising from this incident.

The grand jury is an independent court of inquiry,…

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