published Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Dispute over $25 leaves man dead in Grundy County

An argument over $25 left one man dead Sunday and another held on a murder charge in the Grundy County Jail, according to authorities.

Grundy County, Tenn., resident Kurt Brewer, 31, was charged Sunday with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a local man identified as Corey Henry, believed to have been about 30, authorities said Monday.

Brewer is being held without bond, Grundy jail officials said.

Mike Taylor, 12th Judicial District attorney general, said Monday that the shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. CDT Sunday at a residence on 60th Avenue North in Gruetli-Laager, Tenn.

Grundy County Sheriff Brent Myers said Brewer and Henry allegedly were arguing all day, and Brewer had called Henry and threatened him several times before the shooting occurred.

The shooting happened at the home of an acquaintance of Henry where he and others were gathered, Taylor said. The shooting appears to have been motivated by a $25 debt that led to an argument that escalated into violence, he said.

When authorities arrived, they found Henry "sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his leg and his back," Taylor said. Henry was airlifted from Grundy County to Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga where he later died, Taylor said.

Authorities said Brewer was not at the shooting scene when officers got there Sunday, but he was taken into custody a short time later at his home not too far away.

Taylor said Monday that a weapon recovered at the scene has been sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime lab.

Henry's body also has been sent to the TBI for examination, Taylor said.

TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said the state agency is not assisting in the Grundy County probe at this point in the investigation.

Taylor said at least two witnesses saw the shooting. He said authorities can't talk about witness statements yet.

Brewer is scheduled to appear Wednesday in Grundy County General Sessions Court, where a bond could be set, jail officials said.

Myers said shootings are unusual for Grundy County.

"Things like this -- they're not very common," he said Monday. "It's very tragic, and it's devastating to the entire community, especially these two families."

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at 423-757-6569 or bbenton@timesfreepress.com. Subscribe to his Facebook posts at www.facebook.com/benbenton1 or follow him at on Twitter at twitter.com/BenBenton.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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