Jackie Wayne Bean has been released from jail after striking a plea deal with prosecutors to testify when Daniel Chandler goes to trial for the murder of his wife, Samantha Chandler. Bean pled to reckless endangerment in the Comer case and is released on time served.
Grundy County Sheriff had the following to say regarding Bean’s release:
“I am absolutely sickened and disheartened by the District Attorney’s decision in this case,” stated Sheriff Shrum on Wednesday. “In the weeks to come, the rest of the story in the Shelby Comer case will be told and the question will then be asked why was Jacky Wayne Bean allowed to plea.”
Jackie Wayne Bean has been in jail since December 2017, after Shelby Comer was found dead in his vehicle. The incident, which law enforcement officials are called an officer-involved shooting, started the night of Dec. 23 in the Flat Branch community of Grundy County.
In a press release, Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum stated that the shooting occurred on that Saturday night after a pursuit by deputies that ended on B Mine Road in the Flat Branch Community.
The deputy, who has not identified by authorities, fired shots at the vehicle as it was speeding toward him and the Mustang struck the patrol car.
Bean then drove a short distance, crashed and fled on foot. He later, according to Shrum’s press release, attempted to get a ride with another individual driving in the area, but was unsuccessful.
When the deputy arrived at the crash scene he found a 20-year-old woman in the car. She was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. As of press time, Bean had not been charged with a crime in connection with the woman’s death because authorities had yet to determine what killed her.
The woman was identified as Shelby Comer, of Beersheba Springs. Her body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Nashville where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of her death.
Bean was found the following morning in a wooded area around 8 a.m. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder for trying to run over the deputy; evading arrest; three counts of reckless endangerment; driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law.
Daniel Chandler, 29 when charged in 2017, for the first-degree murder of his wife Samantha Chandler (26), will face a jury of his peers on charges of first-degree murder in a trial set to start Aug. 12 in Grundy County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas W. Graham.
Samantha Chandler’s body was found May 1, 2016, about 150 feet off of Ross Creek Road south of Gruetli-Laager, in an area frequented by off-roaders. People riding ATVs found the young mother’s body near where Ross Creek Road becomes Burkett’s Chapel Road, investigators said. The area consists of heavily wooded terrain crisscrossed with trails and fire roads where there are very few homes.
The investigation became a homicide investigation in 2016, and continued for 17 months before evidence finally led to Chandler’s out-of-state arrest on Nov. 14, 2017, in Walker County, Alabama. He was returned to Tennessee to face first-degree murder charges the next day.
Chandler was on law enforcement’s radar early on, and his home on Pickett Lake Road West was searched by TBI agents just a few weeks after his wife’s body was found. Samantha Chandler lived at the home until August 2015. State real estate records show the residence there is a mobile home on a little less than 2 acres.
Samantha Chandler was living with her parents in Gruetli-Laager around the time she was killed, Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum said when the victim’s estranged husband was arrested in 2017.
Shrum said in 2017 that a heated child custody battle might have fueled the killing, and he noted that at the time of the slaying Daniel Chandler had a girlfriend in Walker County, Alabama. He’d lived and worked there since his wife’s body was found. Chandler’s girlfriend was not implicated in the killing, authorities said.
In early 2018, Grundy County Deputy Mike Holmes was indicted in the Comer murder case. The TBI says Holmes fired on the vehicle as Bean drove past, but one bullet hit and killed Shelby Comer. The car sped off, and crashed on the side of the road.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.