Tony Byrd


Charges to Be Dropped against Tony Byrd

WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff

JACKSON, Tenn.-Stunning new developments in the case of a 1-year-old hit by a stray bullet earlier this week.

Jackson police said they are dropping the charges against Tony Byrd and instead will charge his brother with even more serious counts.

In fact, Justin Byrd and his girlfriend, Jamilia Kinnie were the prime witnesses against Tony Byrd. Officers said they have since recanted their statements.

Investigators said the couple was fighting with other tenants at the Villages Apartments on Old Hickory Boulevard because they suspected Justin Byrd of stealing a TV.

He was believed to have opened fire as he rode away hitting the 1-year-old who police said was actually being held by a family member of Kinnie's, not his mother.

On Monday, both will be charged with filing a false police report.
Justin Byrd faces an additional count of attempted first degree murder.
Investigators said he has been linked to stealing the TV, as well.

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