Newberry County cold case cracked
Wed, 16 May 2012 21:56:25 GMT —
NEWBERRY COUNTY, SC (WACH) - An arrest has been made in a Newberry County shooting incident that happened almost three years ago.
James Ojore Tribble, 19, of Newberry has been charged with attempted murder and armed robbery in connection with the shooting of a taxi cab driver on July 27, 2009, according to the Newberry County Sheriff's Office.
According to Newberry County Deputies, Macedonia Gallman, a driver for C&C Taxi, was shot and left in a ditch in 2009 after picking up two men on Smith Road near Newberry Academy around 11 p.m. When the driver did not report in, the dispatch called the Sheriffâ??s Office to be on the lookout for the taxi.
A Newberry County Deputy search for the cab in the area found Gallman in a nearby ditch suffering from gunshot wounds.
Investigators followed many leads in the case searching for the break they needed.
"We believe that someone in the public has the information we need to break this caseâ??, said Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster in 2009.
Investigators finally received a tip that Tribble allegedly shot the cab driver.
According to the sheriff's office, investigators prepared a photo lineup that included the suspected and asked Gallman to see if the man who shot him was in the six-person lineup. Gallman accused Tribble as the man who shot him.
Tribble was arrested without incident on April 20 and remains in custody pending a bond hearing.
â??I am so proud of and pleased with the investigators efforts on this case,â?? said Sheriff Lee Foster. â??They stayed the course and brought the suspect to justice and at least partial closure to the victim and his family.â??
Authorities say they are still seeking the identity of a second suspect involved in the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 803-321-2222 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.