Wrongful death suit filed in AC

A $6 million wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Anderson County Circuit Court over the accidental shooting almost one year ago of a 23-year-old man confined to a wheelchair.
Marcella “Marcy” Bunch, mother of the late Christopher Scott Cody Bunch of Rocky Top, filed the lawsuit against Joseph McClane, Joshua Hutchins, and Robert and Melissa Kemp.
Joshua Hutchins is the son of Melissa Kemp and owned the .45 caliber handgun involved in the shooting, which occurred at the Kemp residence, according to the lawsuit. Joseph McClane of Clinton was given the weapon, which was pointed in Cody Bunch’s direction. Bunch was unable to move because of a birth defect, the lawsuit alleges.
The complaint alleges that McClane was given the gun without the proper training and that he “slipped his control of the hammer portion of the firearm.” Investigators determined that McClane had been trying to un-cock the pistol when it fired, fatally striking Bunch once in the chest .
Joshua Hutchins shouldn’t have been allowed to own a handgun due to what the lawsuit refers to as “known mental faculties/propensities.”
The Kemps were negligent because they failed to provide a “safe and proper location of handguns” and didn’t protect Cody Bunch’s safety. Together, the defendants’ acts were “grossly negligent and reckless,” the complaint states.
The legal action seeks $5 million in damages and another $1 million in punitive damages.
The Kemps and the Bunchs are next-door neighbors on Dutch Valley Road in Anderson County, according to the complaint. The shooting occurred Dec. 30, 2014. No criminal charges were filed.

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