A McKenzie man accused of shooting a McKenzie woman back in October was bound over to the January session of the Grand Jury last week in Carroll County General Sessions Court.
Orlando Olive, 18, of 255 Walnut Circle has been charged with attempted second-degree murder, five counts of reckless endangerment, and violation of probation for an October 14 incident in which McKenzie resident Ameshel Teague, 33, was shot and injured outside her residence at 92 Elm Street.
During Thursday’s preliminary hearing, Teague testified that she, two of her children, and a couple of friends were standing outside in her driveway at around 11:30 p.m. on October 14 when she saw Olive get out of a car nearby on Washington Street.
Teague said that Olive walked up in her yard, pointed a handgun in her direction, and fired around three shots.
As Teague detailed, a single bullet struck her in the right hip and exited her right buttock.
“I knew I was hit,” said Teague. “I just tried to cover my children and then I tried to hop in the house.”
When asked why she thought Olive would shoot her, Teague said she didn’t know, adding that Olive is her cousin and they have always been on friendly terms.
“I’ve known him all his life,” said Teague. “He would come to my house every day and hug my neck.”
Public defender Billy Roe, who is representing Olive, asked Teague if she thought she was the intended target.
“I don’t think I was the intended target,” said Teague, who also testified that she didn’t know any reason Olive might want to shoot her or anyone else there that night. “I guess it [the intended target] was me, cause I’m the one who got shot.”
When pressed by Roe, Teague said she was certain that Olive was the person who shot her.
“I saw his face,” she said. “I’m absolutely for sure.”
Teague said that after the shooting, she was taken by ambulance to Henry County Medical Center in Paris, treated for the gunshot wound, and released a few hours later.
She added that she has since experienced pain, as well as mental and physical difficulties.
After hearing Teague’s testimony, Judge Larry Logan said the evidence was enough to bind Olive over to the Grand Jury.
Following an investigation and the issuance of warrants by the McKenzie Police Department, Olive was arrested December 4 by officers with the U.S. Marshals Service when he was observed leaving a McKenzie residence.
Olive is currently being held without bond at the Carroll County Jail. His next court appearance has been set for January 14.