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Bond denied for Nat'l Guard Armory shooting suspect

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Suspect Amos Patton's wife testified that she would be more than willing to have him home if house arrest was granted, but it was not. Suspect Amos Patton's wife testified that she would be more than willing to have him home if house arrest was granted, but it was not.
More than one national guardsman may have known what was going to happen at the Millington armory last October 24. More than one national guardsman may have known what was going to happen at the Millington armory last October 24.

(WMC-TV) - Bond was denied for a former national guardsman accused of shooting three colleagues in Millington.

Suspect Amos Patton's wife testified that she would be more than willing to have him home if house arrest was granted, but it was not.

More than one national guardsman may have known what was going to happen at the Millington armory last October 24.

An FBI agent testified in federal court Friday that former recruiter Amos Patton told the soldier he would quote "lose it" if demoted or fired following a sexual misconduct investigation and that he would not care who got hit when he started shooting.

Officials say the soldier never reported the threat because, at the time, he thought Patton was blowing off steam. But Patton is now accused of wounding three fellow guardsmen following a meeting during which he was disciplined.

It was revealed in court Friday that Patton may have also threatened to kill the subordinate female soldier who initially filed a sex assault complaint against him.

Patton's wife was asked about a 1997 domestic assault conviction following an incident with her, but she disputed information that he threatened to kill her and himself in the weeks leading up to the armory shooting.

The judge said there was "too much room for something else to occur" for Patton to be released.

Patton's wife had no comment when Action News 5 left court. Amos Patton's trial has been set for February 10.

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