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UPDATE: Meigs County shooting involves man in controversial 2003 case

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Mitchell Delashmitt, left, sits in court with his attorney, John Eldridge. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free press archives Mitchell Delashmitt, left, sits in court with his attorney, John Eldridge. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free press archives

MEIGS COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- A shooting investigation is underway in Meigs County.

Officials say it happened Tuesday afternoon at a residence on Holly Glenn Road in the Cottonport Community when Mitchell Delashmitt showed up at the home of Wendall Betay looking for someone else.

At some point, a fight occurred and Delashmitt was shot in the upper torso.  He was flown to Erlanger where he's listed in critical condition.

The TBI is assisting in the investigation.

This is the same Mitchell Delashmitt that was convicted of reckless homicide in the 2003 death of his 14 month old daughter, Angel.
 
He was originally charged with felony murder, child abuse, and rape.

But because the medical examiner's license was suspended, there were questions about the autopsy.


The case was further complicated by the findings of a forensic psychologist during the hearings, who noted Delashmitt's low IQ, a ninth-grade education and vulnerability to persuasion.


In May 2010, Delashmitt pleaded to lesser charges, and he was sentenced to time served plus five years probation.

 

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