Grand Jury to hear Greer case
Jan 16, 2013 | 1567 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BENTON — Marshall District Judge Jack Telle found probable cause to bind the case of Billy Don Greer to a grand jury at a preliminary hearing held Wednesday.

The Marshall County Sheriff's Department charged Greer, 55, Calvert City, with murder related to the Jan. 3 shooting death of Darryl Domingue, 32, Wickliffe. He also faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia after investigators found a light bulb modified into a pipe containing drug residue when searching his home.

Detective Dan Malone testified about early findings in the investigation. He said according to Greer's first statements to detectives, the suspect admitted shooting Domingue after the two fought in the garage of Greer's home.

Malone added Greer has recanted his first statement, and changed his story several times.

Detectives believe Domingue went to Greer's house at 2300 Griggstown Road with his wife Carrie to retrieve her jacket, Malone testified. At the house, the trio spent the day talking in the garage, consuming alcohol. An argument escalated into a fight, and Carrie Domingue said she and her husband needed to leave. They ran to their truck, followed by Greer, armed with a 12-gauge Remington 870 pump shotgun. Greer fired twice, grazing Darryl Domingue in the thigh, then fired an instantly fatal shot to Greer's chest from about 8 feet away.

"When we talked to Mrs. Domingue, she said she didn't feel like Mr. Greer had it out for them," Malone said. "But they had been drinking and arguing all day. It's not hard to see how it could escalate to what it was."

Greer was represented by public defender James Burkeen, while Jason Darnall, assistant county attorney, argued for the prosecution. Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship will present the case to a Marshall grand jury on Jan. 24.

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