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Two men have been charged in the shooting death of a 20-year-old Nineveh man.

The Morgan County Prosecutor’s Office charged Justen Alain Knapp, 19, 100 N. Hougland St., Trafalgar, with murder and use of a firearm in a murder. Bryan Scott Wooldridge, 21, 5911 Hicks Road, Nineveh, was charged with assisting a criminal, a Class C felony that carries up to eight years in prison.

Preliminary autopsy results showed that Bradley Kyle Price was shot four times, Morgan County Deputy Coroner Annette Rohlman said. He had two bullet wounds in the chest, one in the back and another in the back of the head.

Police said that Price was fatally shot because of a dispute over a woman, and that Wooldridge drove Knapp to and from the scene of the shooting. All three men were former students at Indian Creek High School in Trafalgar, according to school records.

Morgan County Superior Court I Judge G. Thomas Gray found probable cause Thursday to hold Knapp and Wooldridge on their respective charges. On Friday, they appeared in court for another hearing, where they were informed of the charges against them and the prison time they could face if convicted.

Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega told the court Friday that he does not plan to pursue the death penalty or life in prison for Knapp because he can find no aggravating factors in the case to justify either sentence. Knapp could be sentenced to a maximum of 70 years in prison if convicted of both charges.

Gray set Wooldridge’s bond at $50,000 and ruled that Knapp would have no bond. He also appointed Martinsville attorney Michael Ice to represent Wooldridge because he cannot afford to hire an attorney on his own.

Ice said his client faced an allegation that had not been proved beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Franklin attorney Heath Johnson, who is representing Knapp, declined to comment. Knapp also is represented by Franklin attorney Russ Johnson.

The court entered preliminary pleas of not guilty for both Knapp and Wooldridge.

Police said that Knapp and Price had agreed to meet Wednesday night in a field about a mile north of Morgantown to fight over a woman. Price was waiting with two friends when Knapp and Wooldridge arrived in a pickup truck, Morgan County Sheriff Robert Downey said.

Knapp reportedly drew a .380 caliber handgun and shot Price four times, Downey said. Price’s friends drove him back to town to get help, and Knapp and Wooldridge went to a friend’s home in Morgantown after hiding the gun, Downey said.

In Johnson County, Wooldridge faces a burglary charge for a break-in south of Trafalgar where a homeowner shot one of four men who were trespassing on his property last year. Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper said the case was still pending.

If convicted of the new assisting a criminal charge, Wooldridge could face up to eight years in prison.

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