Five men indicted in 1996 kidnap-murder

Monday, March 1, 2010 at 11:57pm

For Michael Dickerson, justice delayed may not end up being justice denied.

The Davidson County grand jury last week indicted five local men on charges of first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping in the 1996 killing of the 18-year-old Dickerson (read indictment here). The suspects are accused of seizing him at a home in Bordeaux on Dec. 9, 1996, beating him as they tried to get information about his brother, and then shooting him at least 12 times and dumping his body into a Joelton ravine.

Salvagers trying to recover a wrecked car from the area discovered the corpse a month later. It had been thrown over a ledge on a section of Whites Creek Pike known as Devil's Elbow.

Dickerson left behind an infant son.

The indictment names two suspects arrested by Metro Police Cold Case Unit detective Norris Tarkington last year, Glenn Daniel Sharber III and Carlos Lemont Lewis, both 30 years old. Both were minors at the time of the crime but have been charged as adults. It also names Sharber's father, Glenn Daniel Sharber Jr., 49, as well as Frank Blair IV, 31, and Thomas Lee Carey Jr., 33.

The grand jury previously indicted the Sharbers and Carey for the murder in 1998, but prosecutors dropped the charges the following year, apparently for lack of evidence. During a court appearance by Lewis last year, a jailhouse informant testified anonymously that Lewis had spoken of the killing while the two were high on drugs.

The charges carry the potential for a death sentence or life without parole. Prosecutors have not yet signaled what punishment they intend to seek.

All of the accused have extensive criminal records, and Tarkington has said that some were connected to the Crips and Rolling 60s gangs in the 1990s.

8 Comments on this post:

By: Alphadog7 on 3/2/10 at 8:12

Better late than never. Lock 'em up. Nice work!

By: BEOWULF on 3/2/10 at 9:32

BEOWULF: Alphadog7 - "Lock'em up?" We just saw the courts give 20/35 years to a pair of toddler murderers. "Lockin' 'em up" is a slap on the wrist to a pair of murderers. Where is the justice in that? These "5" murderers deserve a communal "shot party" - no plea deals for testimony, no mercy on the court ruling - the victim left an infant son. Come on "prosecutors"...PROSECUTE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW!

By: Did you know on 3/2/10 at 12:35

Did you know another man was found in the dead mans car with his blood on him and all of the men shown were about's are solid. And this is the third time thy have been charged with this crime. Dose it not bother you that you are not being told the whole story. Do you know anything about this case. No you don't. I did my collage Sr. project on this case in 2004. The police have done a good job pointing the finger, however they are not following the evidence.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/2/10 at 3:05

it looks like they have discovered new evidence since then, so perhaps you do not know the whole story.

By: Did you know on 3/2/10 at 3:20

That is not it they have waited till all the people involved have passed away. And I know the story on a first hand basis.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/2/10 at 3:42

and you are confident of that without even hearing what evidence they have? you know, they haven't been found guilty, they've just been indicted.

By: EThomasWood on 3/2/10 at 3:51
"Did you know" -- I'd be interested in hearing more of what you know about this case. Please contact me: Thanks, Tom Wood
By: Did you know on 3/2/10 at 8:09

Again as I stated before this is a railroad of justice. This is not the first time this case has been in the courts. Each time charges were dropped due to several reasons. You stated 'These "5" murderers deserve a communal "shot party" - no plea deals for testimony, no mercy on the court ruling - the victim left an infant son. Come on "prosecutors"...PROSECUTE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW!' If the law had done the job right the first time we would not be here today.