Witnesses Say Donaldson Was Calm After Killing Son-In-Law - "I'm Just Sitting Here Waiting For The Law"

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Witnesses said Glen Allen Donaldson was calm after killing his son-in-law on Dec. 29, 2016, saying, "I'm just sitting here waiting for the law."

Donaldson, 57, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of 39-year-old Adam Levi.

The jury in the courtroom of Judge Don Poole was told that Donaldson left the residence on Niles Terrace where Levi was living and drove to the parking lot of Regions Bank a couple of miles away. He then called his brother at Rising Fawn and then police.

In the 911 call made at 9:08 p.m., he said, "Me and my son-in-law had an altercation at his house."

Asked if the victim was still alive, Donaldson said, "I doubt it."

He said Levi "had gone through a divorce and been on drugs." He said Levi was washing dishes when he came toward him with a knife, saying, "I'll cut you." He said, "I was scared for my life so I shot him. He's laying in the kitchen floor."

Prosecutors say Levi was shot in the back of the head at close range and no knife was found on him or near him. The defense points to a knife found in a dish drain by the sink where the water was still running.

Detective James Gienapp said he did not collect the knife because it had a mug lid leaning on it and it did not appear to be pertinent to the case.

Defense attorney Ben MacGowan asked about the possibility that the knife could have been tossed into the drain and the lid fell on top of it. He also said some investigators have been known to shift evidence around. Detective Gienapp said he had not known of that happening at the Sheriff's Office.

Multiple officers went to the bank parking lot and told Donaldson to come out with his hands up.

A Ruger 380 pistol was found lying on the passenger seat.

David Myrick, who was with Collegedale Police at the time and is now with East Ridge, said Donaldson "was very compliant."  

Detective Ric Whaley said it was decided to charge Donaldson with first-degree murder "because of the location of the gunshot and it was the type of shot into the central nervous system that was like turning off a light switch. He would have fallen where he was shot, and he fell facing the sink.

"If a knife had been in his hand, it would have fallen on the floor."

Of the knife in the dish drain he said, "I don't see how he could have put the lid on it after he was shot."

An expert from the TBI Crime Lab said blood found on the front of blue jeans that Donaldson was wearing matched that of Adam Levi.

The jury is to hear from Assistant Medical Examiner Stephen Cogswell on Thursday morning as the state's final witness.

 

 

 



Woman Who Became Hospitalized After Drinking Well Water At Local Restaurant Files Class Action Suit

A woman who said she became hospitalized after drinking well water from a local restaurant has filed suit. Tina Rogers is suing the River Drifter Restaurant on Suck Creek Road and its owners, Charles and Renee Eich, as well as property owner Robert L. Newman. The Circuit Court complaint seeks to be declared a class action lawsuit and include others who became ill from drinking ... (click for more)

Boyd Says Commissioners Want Answers From Coppinger On Magistrate Payouts

County Commissioner Tim Boyd has written County Mayor Jim Coppinger saying he wants answers to questions raised about certain payouts to county magistrates. He said other commissioners who were at a Security and Corrections Committee meeting joined him in wanting the answers. Randy Russell, who was chief magistrate for eight years but was not retained, said other magistrates ... (click for more)

Jeff Styles, I Believe You - And Response (3)

I am glad that Jeff Styles presented the details of the event on his website.  Just because the government alleges a crime does not mean guilty. A criminal charge is an allegation by government. Sure, that allegation can be very serious, but the charge is still an unproven allegation until a court of law and Lady Justice has her review of the proof.  A person gets ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Political Dark Side

If ever there becomes a movie that reveals the rotten side of politics, the script has just been written. My goodness, it has all of the hot words: liberals, Muslims, bedroom beds, spouse abuse, non-transparency (or is it collusion,) kids in shock, a seated member of Congress, vulgar language, the Democratic National Committee, a woman scorned, and – best of all – an election. ... (click for more)

Volleyball Roundup: Red Bank Falls To Notre Dame, 3-0

Notre Dame beat Red Bank, 3-0, Wednesday in high school volleyball action with set scores of 25-17, 25-18 and 25-16. The Lady Lions (1-2) opened the season with a win against Grundy County and followed with a loss to Ooltewah before dropping Wednesday’s match to the Lady Irish. On Tuesday, Cleveland defeated rival Bradley Central 3-0 to open the Lady Raiders’ 2018 season. ... (click for more)

CCS, Red Bank, Ooltewah Volleyball Winners Tuesday

Chattanooga Christian, Red Bank and Ooltewah all won volleyball matches Tuesday with CCS improving to 2-0 with the 3-1 district win over Grace. Soddy Daisy defeated Hixson by a 3-1 final while Lookout Valley split a pair of matches, the Lady Yellow Jackets losing to Gordon Lee before defeating Ringgold. Soddy Daisy prevailed by scores of 25-10, 19-25, 25-8 and 25-21.  ... (click for more)