Charges filed in October slaying

Formal charges have been filed against a Jefferson County man accused of shooting another man to death in October.

Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter charged Billy Nutt, 75, with first-degree murder in the Oct. 10 death of Tabius Love, 23, who was identified as the boyfriend of Nutt’s granddaughter, after Love and the granddaughter were involved in an alleged altercation at 13406 Cornerstone Road in the Altheimer area.

During a court hearing for Nutt on Oct. 11, Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said a dispatcher at the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Association received a call from an emergency dispatcher in Lincoln County asking if MECA had been notified of a shooting in the Cornerstone area.

Sheriff’s Investigator John Bean said in a probable-cause affidavit that the Lincoln County dispatcher provided Jefferson County with a telephone number and when a Jefferson County dispatcher called that number, a man who identified himself as Nutt answered.

“I just shot somebody on my property and I killed him, I think,” Nutt told the dispatcher, according to Bean’s affidavit.

Also according to the affidavit, when Nutt was asked whom he had shot, he said “Tabius Love” and when asked what he had shot Love with, Nutt said a “22 (caliber gun).”

When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found Love on the floor. Nutt was interviewed by Investigator Rick Conyers.

According to Conyers, Nutt said he heard a disturbance coming from a trailer where his wife and granddaughter lived and when he went to investigate, he found Love causing the disturbance. At that time, Nutt’s wife was holding the gun and Nutt allegedly told Conyers that he took the gun and told Love to leave.

Love allegedly refused and told Nutt to shoot him, and Nutt allegedly told Conyers that he did, then gave the gun to his wife and called 9-1-1.

Bond for Nutt was set at $250,000 and the case was assigned to First Division Circuit Judge Berlin C. Jones.

At the probable cause hearing, the Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Nutt, who said his only source of income was Social Security.