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Wed November 26, 2008
Shooting Death Goes to Grand Jury
By Angela Hatton
Paris, TN – The shooting death of a Paris, Tennessee civic leader will go to a grand jury next year. The Paris Post-Intelligencer reports police officials will present evidence in the death of John Burnett at a trial February 2. Burnett was involved in several local organizations and president of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. He was shot over a week ago near Reelfoot Lake in Obion County while inspecting his duck blind. Burnett later died at Regional Medical Center in Memphis. Obion and Weakley Counties Attorney General Tommy Thomas says investigators have a suspect, but would not release that person's identity until after the trial date. Officers had previously considered the shooting a hunting accident, but the police department now considers it a criminal case. No one has been officially charged with the shooting.