Greene County manslaughter case delayed again, victim’s family demands answers


GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Nearly a year after the death of Stacy Hayes, the case of the man investigators say killed him was delayed again Friday.

According to Greene County Circuit Court Clerk Pam Venerable, prosecutors have not yet presented the case of David Wiles to the grand jury. Back in September, Venerable says a judge bound Wiles’ case over to the grand jury on a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. Investigators originally charged him with second-degree murder.

Third Judicial District Attorney General Dan Armstrong says prosecutors are still waiting on the results of ballistics tests from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation lab.

Wiles’ alleged victim’s family says justice is taking too long. Outside court, Donna Sexton wiped away tears. Hayes, her younger brother, died in June 2015. Officers said he was shot at least twice.

Sexton says all this time later, thanks to multiple delays, she still doesn’t know why he died.

“I want answers,” she said. “I’ll probably never know because the only one that can probably tell me is not here.”

Wiles is due back in court on July 29. In the meantime, he is free on $125,000 bond.

We left a message with his attorney today, but have not heard back.Copyright WJHL 2016. All rights reserved.

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