The Transylvania Times -

By Park Baker
Staff Writer 

Superior Court Term Begins - Brevard NC


An alleged attempted murder case is due to go to trial in Transylvania County Superior Court, which began this morning.

Jonalyn Lacy Nicholson of Brevard was 29 years old when she was arrested and charged on Oct. 22, 2013, with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Nicholson was taken into custody about 9 p.m. just inside the North Carolina state line on Solomon Jones Road in Cedar Mountain. The initial call about the alleged shooting went out around 6 p.m.

Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office deputies had responded to 106 Wood Duck Court in Brevard to investigate the report of a gunshot victim.

The victim was located and transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to authorities, the victim was shot with a .38-caliber revolver.

Nicholson and the victim were in a relationship, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

After the alleged shooting, the victim got in his car and drove to his residence a short distance away, where he made the 911 call.

Nicholson allegedly fled the scene in a Chevy Equinox and within a few hours investigators began to search the southern part of the county, where she was eventually arrested.

Among the other cases on the Superior Court docket is Andrew Desmond Bryson, who was arrested in July of 2013 after he allegedly attempted to run over a county deputy during a routine traffic stop on Cemetery Road.

Bryson was allegedly observed traveling 70 mph in the posted 35 mph speed limit.

Bryson was pulled over by Sgt. Gary Galloway and allegedly became combative and attempted to assault the officer. Galloway, according to the report, tased Bryson, but the taser was ineffective. Bryson got back in his vehicle and attempted to run over Galloway before slamming into his patrol vehicle, the report said. Bryson fled the scene, the report said, but was captured not far from the incident.

Bryson faces charges of one felony count of fleeing to elude arrest, one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, one misdemeanor count of reckless driving, one misdemeanor count of a resisting public officer and one misdemeanor count of driving with a revoked license.

The ongoing case against Charles Richard O’Shields is also on the court docket, but authorities say that his legal team is gathering more information and the case will not go to trial this term. O’Shields is accused of entering the Dollar General Store on Old Rosman Highway on April 6, 2011, and shooting and killing Toby Maxwell Mathis.

Prosecutors allege that O’Shields murdered Mathis as revenge for Mathis’ involvement in the death of his son, Joey O’ Shields, who died on Dec. 17, 2010.


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