Tennessee man charged in death of former OOIDA member

| 6/3/2003

A Tennessee man is facing charges in the death of owner-operator Bill Ray Snipes of Odenville, AL, according to officials with the Hamblen County, TN, Sessions Court.

Patrick Allen Marsh of Claiborne County faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter in Snipes’ death. The case is scheduled to be presented before a grand jury July 7. That grand jury will decide whether the case will go to trial. In the meantime, Marsh is free on $50,000 bond.

According to The Morristown Citizen Tribune, the two were involved in an altercation along I-81 near Morristown. Snipes allegedly hit Marsh. According to prosecutors and witnesses, Marsh allegedly responded by shooting Snipes in the face with a .38-caliber revolver. The trucker died later at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System.

The incident occurred Feb. 11, the newspaper said. Marsh, if convicted, would face three to six years in prison

Snipes was an owner-operator and former OOIDA member.

--by Mark H. Reddig, associate editor

Mark Reddig can be reached at mreddig@landlinemag.com.