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Murder In Winchester

Posted on Friday, October 19, 2012 at 9:33 am

46-Year-Old Winchester Man Dead, Suspect Apprehended

Murder Suspect

Gregory Booton In Custody

An Alto man is dead and a Winchester man is being held in the Franklin County Jail following a shooting in downtown Winchester on Wednesday night, Oct. 17.

According to Winchester Police Chief Dennis Young, around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Gregory Morris Booton, 49, of North Jefferson had a verbal altercation with John Franklin Tucker, 46, of Alto in the 200 block of North Jefferson Street.

After a few words were exchanged, Booton allegedly shot Tucker multiple times.

Tucker was first transported to Southern Tennessee Medical Center and then transferred to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he died Thursday morning.

Booton was taken into custody and transported to the Franklin County Jail. He is being charged with criminal homicide and being held on a $150,000 bond.

“I commend my patrol officers and the investigators for their professionalism in the handling of this horrific crime and the apprehension of the suspect,” Chief Young stated. “We ask that you keep the Tucker family in your prayers.”

In thanking local agencies for their assistance, the chief also noted that 12th District Attorney General Mike Taylor and Assistant District Attorney Courtney Lynch have provided guidance in this case.

On Thursday morning, police returned to the area where the shooting occurred to draw diagrams and take pictures of the crime scene.

Crime Scene Blocked Off