Three of the four defendants in the brutal 2009 beating at The Mall at Green Hills are due in court this morning.
Johnathon Harris, Catherine Mills and Brittney Bannister are expected for a discussion hearing regarding their alleged involvement in the Mar. 3, 2009, robbery and beating of Robert DeMoss Jr. in the Dillard’s parking garage.
The three face especially aggravated robbery charges. Harris also faces various other charges, including evading arrest and tampering with evidence.
Metro police caught Harris and Mills following a brief car chase. Robert Tice Jr., who was also in the car, escaped on foot but was picked up a day later.
Police later determined Bannister had been in the car at the time of the DeMoss attack and charged her later.
In October, Tice pleaded guilty to especially aggravated robbery after police determined he was the ringleader who beat DeMoss with a baseball bat before stealing his wallet and escaping with the other three defendants.
DeMoss suffered serious head trauma from the beating and endured months of rehabilitation following the attack. In June, he filed a $10 million lawsuit against Dillard’s.
Tice had been released from prison in January 2009 after serving three years for burglary in Sumner County, police said.
In May 2009, after his arrest for the DeMoss beating, Tice briefly escaped from custody when he slipped out of his restraints and jumped out of a Sumner County Jail transport van. Tice spent a night hiding in a wooded area before being picked up the next morning.