First Court Appearance For Charged With Shooting Meteorologist

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The man accused of trying to kill WJHL meteorologist Rob Williams made his first appearance before a judge Tuesday morning.

Police say Gerald Taylor shot Rob Williams in the chest with a crossbow early Monday morning. It happened at the home the two men once shared.

Taylor told the judge he needed a court-appointed lawyer because he expects to lose his job at a title company and would not be able to afford an attorney.

But after being questioned, he did tell the judge he owns a half-million dollar home with Williams.

The judge agreed to appoint the public defender for now to keep the case moving. Taylor is still jailed on a $121,000 bond and he's been ordered not to have contact with Williams.

Rob Williams was taken to the hospital after the attack but is expected to recover.

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