Man Charged In Savage Beating Has Cannon Co. Connections

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One of the three men accused of savagely beating an elderly Eagleville couple has Cannon County connections, but they are not good.

James C. Pittard, age 20 of McMinnville, was arrested by Rutherford County authorities after he and two accomplices allegedly entered the home of Cecil Story, age 86, and his wife Edna, age 93, in Eagleville after knocking on their door. Once in the house, the three robbed and beat the couple after tying them to their kitchen chairs.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department has charged Pittard and his cohorts with especially aggravated burglary, two county of especially aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated robbery. The three were arrested on December 30th.

At the time of the incident, however, Pittard was free on bond due to a violent altercation with members of his family and sheriff’s deputies in Cannon County.

Pittard was arrested on May 30, 2009 by the Cannon County Sheriff’s Department and charged with two counts of domestic assault, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, felony evading arrest and vandalism after an incident which concluded with Pittard striking a Cannon County Sheriff’s Deputy with his vehicle.

Deputies were after Pittard for allegedly beating his sister-in-law and father-in-law. Pittard is accused of slapping his sister-in law about the face and then forcing his father-in-law to the ground and kicking him about the face and chest. When they finally caught up with him, he led them on a chase through the back roads of Cannon County before he was finally apprehended and struck Deputy Tom Hall with his vehicle. Pittard was booked into the Cannon County Jail and later released on $19,000.00 bond.

The cases against Pittard in Cannon County are set for a preliminary hearing on January 26, 2010 in General Sessions Court. It is expected that Pittard will be transported to Cannon County for that hearing due to the fact he is being held without bond in Rutherford County.

Cecil and Edna Story were released from the hospital after suffering numerous injuries following the beating including lacerations to the face and several broken bones. Mr. Story was a World War II veteran who flew bombers during the war. For all their efforts, the three men ended up stealing about $100.00 from the victims.
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