Birthday Brawl Presents Attempted Murder Charge

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An incident at a Bradyville Road residence early Tuesday morning resulted in a charge of Attempted Second Degree Murder being filed against a Readyville man.

Heath Robert Webb, 1690 Bradyville Rd., is accused of intentionally trying to kill Warren Smythe, who is reportedly from Waverly.

Smythe was attending a birthday party at the residence when he allegedly smeared a piece of pastry on a wall. Smythe was asked to leave. Webb reportedly became angry, followed him outside, broke a beer bottle, and allegedly struck Smythe with it multiple times.

Cannon County Sheriff’s Investigator Anthony Young said he was contacted by Cannon County Dispatch at about 3 a.m. Tuesday to go to Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro, where Smythe had been taken by other people at the party after he was injured.

Investigator Young said before he arrived, Smythe had been transported by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Hospital for emergency surgery.

According to the investigator, Smythe had major blood loss. The most serious injury was a large laceration to the neck.

Investigator Young contacted deputies Mike “Doc” Smith and Matthew Parsley and had them to go the residence and secure the crime scene while he spoke the individuals who had transported Smythe to MTMC.

Investigator Young said he was told “excessive alcohol” consumption likely played a role in the events. Most of those in attendance at the party were college-age individuals, he said.

Despite the seriousness of Smythe’s injuries, no one at the party called 911 or law enforcement following the incident, Investigator Young said.

Webb was formally charged shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday. His bond was set at $125,000. Initial court date is Aug. 7.

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