Altercation preceded fatal Dry Creek Road shooting; victim shot in back of head

Becky Campbell • Jun 6, 2018 at 10:18 AM

A man whose body was found along a mountainous county road last weekend was shot in the back of his head, one of the few details released by Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal during a press conference Tuesday.

Christopher Scott Connelly, 38, who had no permanent address, was found dead near 1519 Dry Creek Road around 8:30 a.m. Saturday by a woman who was preparing to walk her dogs at the Lone Oak Trailhead.

Graybeal said Connelly was found in his underwear, and a t-shirt that was pulled up around his neck. A pair of shorts and shoes were located nearby.

Investigators believe Connelly was shot at that location by Aaron Christopher Story, 32, 3541 Cherokee Road, and left near the trailhead — located across from an ATV parking lot — sometime in the early morning hours of June 2.

Story was charged Monday with one count of first-degree murder.

The men had some type of altercation before the shooting, but Graybeal and other investigators did not elaborate on what it was about.

Officers developed Story as a suspect and tracked him down Monday where he was in court for a hearing on an order of protection his wife had taken out against him.

That petition indicated Story has a substance abuse problem and used GPS tracking devices on his wife’s car and phone. The allegations also included Story shoving his wife, punching holes in walls and verbally abusing their daughter.

The petition went on to say that Story had not been able to complete a recovery program and had overdosed six years ago. He even threatened to shoot his wife because she wouldn’t give him money to buy suboxone, according to her petition.

In regard to weapons Story owns, his wife stated in the petition that Story had a 9mm pistol, two shotguns and a revolver.

Graybeal did not reveal what type of ammunition was used to kill Connelly, but he did say that investigators have not found the murder weapon.

General Sessions Judge James Nidiffer granted the temporary order of protection and set a June 18 hearing date to determine if the order would stay in effect.

Story was being held in the Washington County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond. He was arraigned on the charge Tuesday afternoon and a judge appointed the public defender’s office to represent him. The case is set to be heard on June 14.

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