Grand jury returns attempted murder charges in Knox County road

Grand jury returns attempted murder charges in Knox County road rage shooting

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Rodney Lee Scott (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Rodney Lee Scott (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A grand jury has returned attempted first degree murder charges and other counts against a man accused of trying to kill two motorcyclists in a road rage incident.

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Knox County deputies say Rodney Lee Scott, 61, nearly hit Tyler Lakin and J.R. Trisler on their motorcycles as he was pulling off Interstate 640 on December 16. Lakin and Trisler then began to follow Scott. During this pursuit, Scott allegedly made obscene gestures toward the motorcyclists, and at one point, put his SUV into reverse, striking Trisler.

The bikers then followed Scott to his home where they waited for authorities to arrive. Neighbors say Scott began shouting racial slurs, went into his garage and came out with a gun in each hand, shooting at Trisler and Lakin. Lakin was shot three times in the back and once in the wrist. Deputies say Scott continued to shoot at Lakin as he lay on the ground. 

The grand jury has now officially returned charges of attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault, leaving the scene of an accident, public intoxication and theft.
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