DA to re-examine fatal shooting of deputy - WSMV Channel 4

DA to re-examine fatal shooting of deputy

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A prosecutor will take a second look at the murder of a Middle Tennessee deputy and the suicide of the man who killed him.

Dickson County Sheriff's Deputy Keith Bellar was gunned down in June 2011 when he stopped at what he thought was a traffic accident. Instead, Jayson Eggenberg shot Bellar before taking his own life.

However, the two families have teamed up, looking for answers about why Eggenberg did what he did that day.

"He was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and unfortunately he just looked a little too similar to this other officer," said widow Brandi Bellar.

More than a year after her husband's death, Brandi Bellar and Eggenberg's family are fighting to have the case re-examined.

"I'm not out for revenge. We deserve the truth," she said.

They believe Eggenberg - an unstable man who had already tried to commit suicide a month before - was pushed over the edge by police officers from two different departments.

Brandi Bellar believes those officers taunted Eggenberg with text messages before the murder about marital problems between Eggenberg and his wife.

Investigators say there's no evidence of the taunting, but Cookeville District Attorney Randy York has been appointed to review the case.

Brandi Bellar is now left to raise their little boy alone, and while she knows nothing will bring her husband back, she just wants answers as to what exactly happened so she can finally be one step closer to getting that closure.

The Dickson police chief said the department investigated and found no evidence of any taunting text messages on Eggenberg's cell phone.

He said had they found any evidence of any wrongdoing, they would have notified the district attorney.

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