McMinn County charges 2 with Mt. Verd shooting

The suspects are from Ooltewah and Etowah

ATHENS, Tennessee (WDEF) – McMinn County Sheriff’s investigators have made arrests in a double shooting from the weekend.

It happened Saturday at a home in the Mt. Verd community near Athens.

When deputies got there, 54 year old Mary Denis Dalton was already dead.

31 year old Jonathan Burger was wounded with non-life threatening injuries.

They both lived at the home on County road 202.

“It appears that a group of 2-3 people who were having a dispute with the victims came to the residence sometime after 8PM,” said Sheriff Guy.

“At least one member of the other party apparently produced a firearm and fired the shots that killed Ms Dalton and injured Mr Burger.”

Investigators arrested two suspects on Monday evening.

They charged Esau C. Kelly, 24, of Ooltewah, with Murder in the Second Degree and Attempted Murder in the Second Degree.

Officers also charged Melissa K. Pueirtt, 45, of Etowah, with Accessory After the Fact of Murder in the Second Degree.

“I want to thank DA Steve Crump’s Office, TBI Agent Colton Brown, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Etowah Police Department for their assistance in this investigation,” said Sheriff Guy. “And especially the efforts led by McMinn County Detectives Dillon Presswood and Jared Price.”

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