The case of a Chattanooga man accused of shooting and killing another driver during an apparent road rage incident, is on hold for now.
That's because Richard Manning's attorney says Manning is too sick to attend court hearings. Manning is under supervision while in custody at the hospital.
Manning is accused of shooting and killing Norman Gallman during an apparent road rage incident last month.
Even Manning's doctors, who testified before a judge on Tuesday, don't know how much longer Manning will be in the hospital.
He's been there since December 19th getting treatment for cancer.
"His condition hasn't really improved. He can't talk and he has very limited ability to be aware of what's going on," says Manning's attorney Lloyd Levitt.
There were 2 armed guards at the hospital the week of December 19th monitoring Manning. After a week that was changed to just one guard.
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Allen Branum says most of the shifts are done by corrections officers from the jail who work overtime. The total cost...
"Probably about $28,000 just in man hours, just in hourly salary costs," says HCSO Chief Deputy Allen Branham.
That's on top of the sheriff's office and jail already operating with low resources.
"We could have used 17 additional people just to do the transport, not counting the other responsibilities and duties that the other corrections officers have within the facility," says Branum.
"He has the right to testify in his own behalf and without him being available for that purpose then we can't move forward on the case," says Manning's attorney Lloyd Levitt.
The case is scheduled to go before a judge again on March 18th.
Richard Manning is on a bond of $300,000 dollars.
Depend on us to keep you posted as this case makes its way through court.
By Jerry Askin