"not guilty" plea, ambulance, armed criminal action, arraignment, assault, Chris Yarbro, circuit court, City of Poplar Bluff, custody dispute, gun, gunshot wound, Jeremy Grable, Judge John Bloodworth, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Poplar Bluff MO, Poplar Bluff Police, preliminary hearing, Probable Cause, search warrant, Sheila Hunt, street superintendent, surgery
Poplar Bluff, Mo. — Jeremy Grable, 37, of Poplar Bluff, Mo. was arraigned today and pled not guilty to charges of first degree assault and armed criminal action before Division II Circuit Court Judge John Bloodworth, who recused himself from the case.
A preliminary hearing for Grable, who is accused of shooting a woman who he was reportedly having a custody dispute with on Jan. 31, will not be set until a new judge has been assigned to the case.
Update: The case was reassigned to Judge Thomas Swindle on Feb. 11.
On March 2 a case review was held and preliminary hearing was scheduled for May 4.
Grable who up until the shooting was street superintendent for the City of Poplar Bluff, originally called police to respond to the custody dispute and according to the probable cause statement filed by police called back and asked for an ambulance. Police said Grable surrendered when they arrived and said the gun was on the hood of his truck.
The victim, Sheila D. Hunt, was found on the scene in the front seat of a black GMC sports utility vehicle and was bleeding. She was transported to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center where she underwent surgery for the gunshot wound to the chest and was listed in stable but critical condition.
Grable refused to be interviewed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol officer who was called into the case and asked for a lawyer.
A search warrant was executed and the residence at Baron Road and the vehicles were examined and evidence taken. Police said Grable identified himself during each of the calls made to them.
Police said a large amount of blood was found on the concrete driveway and a expended 9mm shell was found. The gun was a Tel-Tek 9 mm hand gun.
To view the probable cause document for this case, click Grable Probable Cause 2-1-15.
Grable is being represented by attorney Chris L. Yarbro of Poplar Bluff.