Man accused of shooting at Carter Co. deputies with AK-47 pleads not guilty

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CARTER COUNTY. TN (WJHL) – The man, accused of shooting at deputies in a Wednesday night shootout using an AK-47, has pleaded not guilty through a public defender in a Carter County courtroom.

Kelly Pitts, 36 of Hickory, NC, was assigned a public defender who entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Pitts’ bond has been set at $700,000 — $100,000 for each count of attempted murder in the first-degree. Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford was among the first law enforcement officers to arrive at 433 Dry Hollow Road, the scene of the shooting.

Sheriff Lunceford says during Wednesday night’s shootout, the bullets struck a woman identified as Brandy Hyder in her hand and Deputy Jenna Markland, 23, in the face.

Pitts’ defense requested a mental evaluation on his behalf.

A preliminary hearing is set for February 19.

News Channel 11 is following this story. Count on us for the latest updates in this case.

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