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December 31, 2013

Shooting, 3 reckless murders to be tried in 2014 in Limestone

— Remember the angry young man accused of shooting a random motorcyclist on U.S. 72 in Athens in 2012?

Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones said this week the confessed shooter not only shot the cyclist on Sept. 10, but when the first round left the cyclist still standing, the shooter stopped his van, backed up and shot the cyclist again. This is just one of several major cases still pending for trial in Limestone County in 2014. Here is a synopsis:

Noah McGlawn — attempted murder

Noah Andrew McGlawn will be tried as an adult for the 2012 attempted murder of an Athens man.

McGlawn, 21, of Whiteville, Tenn., told authorities he shot Brandon Matlock, 24, as Matlock rode his motorcycle along 72 on Sept. 10.

McGlawn told investigators he was angry with his father because he wanted him to go to trade school, so he drove around and randomly fired at Matlock because he “just felt like shooting someone.”

Matlock suffered wounds to the right shoulder and the lower right back but recovered.

Jones said at McGlawn’s youthful offender hearing, “He had a loaded weapon and drove all over Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama for six hours looking to kill someone, and when he got off the exit there was something about the cyclist that drew his attention and he shot him, not once but twice.”

McGlawn was denied bail because he told court officials if he were freed he would do it again.

Jessica Gatewood – reckless murder

Jessica Jean Gatewood, 50, of Huntsville, is charged with reckless murder, driving under the influence, two counts of third-degree assault and driving while revoked in connection with a fatal 2013 wreck on Interstate 565 in Limestone County.

She remains in the Limestone County Jail, with bail set at $33,500.

State troopers believe Gatewood, also known as Jessica Lewter, was driving under the influence when she rear-ended a Range Rover driven by Terrell Kent Hollingsworth, 45, of Decatur, near Mooresville. When the accident occurred, Hollingsworth and his passenger were waiting in a line of slow-moving traffic backed up on I-565 due to another wreck that killed an Athens woman, Marissa Baugher and her unborn son, Micah, as well as Fredrick Bender, 66, of Vestavia.

When the second wreck occurred about 7 p.m., Gatewood was driving about 70 miles per hour in a 60 mph zone but in traffic that had stalled from the previous 4 p.m. wreck, according to troopers and Huntsville Police.

She had three previous convictions for DUI, one involving a wreck, records show.

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