Man charged in 2012 fatal shooting

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:31 am

A man involved in a fatal shooting in Cocke County 18 months ago was arrested Thursday on charges handed down by a Cocke County Grand Jury earlier this month.

James Michael Brewer, 26, Wilderness Trail, Cosby, is charged with felony murder, attempted aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, according to Cocke County Detective Travis Webb, who made the arrest..

The charges stem from the June 1, 2012, shooting death of William Andrew Mortimer, 27, who recently had moved to the area from Ohio. The incident took place at a residence on Leaf Way in the Carson Springs community.

A resident of the mobile home, Josh Baker, 26, sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the head, and was treated at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

Following the shooting, Brewer was jailed on two outstanding warrants for probation violations. Two other suspects identified only as residents of Knox County were also questioned.

“The motive in this case was robbery. We have learned that Josh Baker has been involved in the sale and delivery of narcotics and the three suspects, who have drug habits and are strung out on pills, thought Baker would be an easy target for cash,” Sheriff Armando Fontes said at the time. “When they went to the residence a struggle ensued, the individuals had weapons on them and, as a result of drug addictions, we have one individual who is dead, another who is seriously injured and three lives that will be drastically affected.”

Bond for Brewer is set at $500,000. He is being held in the Cocke County Jail.

-By Ray Snader, Tribune Correspondent

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