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Shots Fired At Home Of Rutherford County Judge

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Shots Fired At Home Of Rutherford County Judge

CREATED Jun 17, 2014
by Nick Beres

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Murfreesboro Police are on high alert after someone shot up the home of a well-known criminal court judge.

"Someone could have been hurt," said Kyle Evans with the Murfreesboro Police Department. 

Fortunately, Judge Don Ash and his family were not home at the time.

Someone shot nine holes into a bedroom window and put two other holes in the garage using a high-powered pellet gun.

Ash is a well-known and respected judge who in recent years presided over several high-profile criminal cases in Rutherford County -- most recently the Shanterrica Madden trial. He is now a senior judge who travels the state hearing cases.

Ash's wife said the shooting was a shock.

"It worries me. We are up here quite often and our grandchildren are up here too in the bedroom."

Police believe someone deliberately targeted Ash's home. No other homes in the gated community were shot. 

Evans said police want to know "if there is someone who has a grudge against the judge that took it out by shooting at his house."

Evans said a brazen attack on a judge's home will not be tolerated.  The police have arranged for a special security watch in the neighborhood while they investigate.

Judge Ash said he will not be intimidated and the incident will not affect his performance as a judge.

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