Cocke County man shot to death, wife to undergo polygraph test

Cocke County man shot to death, wife to undergo polygraph test

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NEWPORT (WATE) - Officials in Cocke County are investigating the shooting death of a man whose wife says was the victim of an accidental shooting.

Sheriff Armando Fontes says Richard Dale Lane, 42, was found dead at a home on Carson Springs Road just before 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

His wife Missy Lane says they were talking about getting a .38 caliber Rossi revolver appraised and were test firing the weapon to make sure it functioned properly. She says while she was handing him the gun, it went off. Richard Lane was struck in the chest.

Lane's body is at UT Medical Center for an autopsy.

Mrs. Lane will undergo a polygraph test. She has not been charged.

Investigators say they are still examining the evidence and are not sure about Mrs. Lane's statements.

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