The question for the Pulaski County grand jury wasn’t if Matthew Patterson shot and killed Jeremiah Litton and wounded Glenn Blevins, but whether that September 22 act was murder and assault. They didn’t see it that way, so they returned what’s called a “no true bill.”
“A 'no true bill' means they heard what they wanted to hear, (including) witness testimony and they chose not to indict it at that time,” said Pulaski Co. Commonwealth’s Attorney Eddy Montgomery.
In his preliminary hearing, Patterson’s attorneys argued that when Patterson went to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment on Monticello St. in Somerset, and began arguing with her, Litton and Blevins came out of a another room and surprised him. They argued that Patterson shot Litton and Blevins because he felt threatened.
“I would say, based on the no true bill they believed it was an act of self -defense,” said Montgomery.
Family members of Jeremiah Litton say they are very upset about this. They didn’t want to comment further, but obviously they have a lot of questions about what happened.
“They are not happy with it. It’s a tragedy for him. I think Mr. Litton was a good person, that night he put himself in the wrong place,” said Montgomery.
The lack of indictment means Patterson can receive his bond money back but it doesn’t necessarily mean the case is closed against him.
“If anything changes, any new evidence comes out to indicate anything other than self-defense, the case can be presented to another grand jury,” said Montgomery.
Prosecutors say it’s not a “not guilty” verdict and Patterson’s record could still say he’s been charged with murder although his attorneys could move to have that expunged.