Janet Barber

Grove Sun

JAY – A Cherokee County man has been charged in the shooting of a southern Delaware County man.

Jesse Darrell Gritts, 27, of Tahlequah, as been charged with shooting with intent to kill Dustin Logan Trimble, 20, of Leach in an incident happening on Nov. 3.

Officers with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department and emergency medical services responded to a residence located North of Hwy. 412 and 540 road in southern Delaware County where they found Trimble suffering from a gunshot wound and had sustained injuries to his upper torso. He was life-lighted by EagleMed to the Fayetteville, AR hospital. He has since been released.

Officials were told to be on the lookout for the suspect’s vehicle, identified as a Chevy pickup, which was believed to be heading toward Cherokee County in the Tahlequah area.

Authorities with Cherokee County called Delaware County officers and reported that the suspect had been detained. Gritts was taken into custody by Cherokee County officials. He was later transported to the Delaware County jail.

Gritts was reportedly a business partner of the victim and the two men had a disagreement that might have been a possible reason behind the shooting.

Gritts appeared in district court on Wednesday morning and a $50,000 bond was set. He bond was reduced to $25,000 later that day and he was released from jail on Wednesday. He will return to district court for announcement on Nov. 24 at 9:30 a.m.

A background check of the accused revealed that he is on supervised probation on a deferred sentence until Sept. 2011 for aggravated DUI from Cherokee County.

The matter is still under investigation by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department and assisted by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.