Man Charged with Murder at Scott County Party

It happened around 3:30 a.m. Sunday on property in Morton, owned by the head of the Republican Party in Scott County. According to investigators, just hours before the shooting suspect had graduated from college.

According to Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee, about 7 people had gathered at 5125 Highway 481 South, property owned by Scott County Republican Party leader, Jim Marler, to watch a boxing match.

According to the sheriff, the suspect, 22-year-old Timothy Joseph Patterson shot 28-year-old Michael Lee Guy at least twice at close range with a 9 millimeter handgun. One of the shots was to the head. The others at the gathering were fired upon as well.

According to the sheriff, the suspect has confessed to the shooting but says he blacked out when it happened.

Lee said alcohol is believed to be involved, but an investigation continues into the motive.

"The suspect pretty much says he does not know why and he does not give a motive for why the shooting occurred," said Sheriff Lee.

Lee said rumors that the shooting was politically motivated are completely false.

"All the victims, the suspect, the witnesses, are all in their young 20s. They could care less about the actual politics and what is going on," Lee said.

Patterson graduated from Belhaven University May 8, the day before the shooting. He is now charged with murder, and could face life in prison.

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