Shooter held grudge for eight years

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 22, 2006

PORT GIBSON &8212; Carl Brandon never got over the sexual harassment allegations that lead to his firing, and he never forgave the parties involved, those who know him said after his shooting rampage Friday.

&8220;He wanted his name cleared, wanted his job back,&8221; Claiborne County Sheriff Frank Davis said Friday. &8220;I&8217;ve known Carl all his life. He&8217;s been bitter ever since it happened.&8221;

In May 1997 Brandon was fired as county road manager after one of his employees, Kelly Savage, reported being sexually harassed by Brandon. County Administrator James Miller and County Attorney Allen Burrell led the internal investigation into the matter, Miller said Friday.

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&8220;We came to the conclusion that there was ample evidence for termination and I recommended terminating his employment,&8221; Miller said. &8220;I thought it was over.&8221;

The board of supervisors approved Miller&8217;s recommendation.

The next year Brandon filed suit against the supervisors for firing him. The suit went through the legal process and appeals had been ruled on by the state Supreme Court, Davis said. Brandon lost.

&8220;He was always talking about what happened,&8221; Davis said. &8220;He just never got over it.&8221;

Brandon attended the board of supervisors&8217; meeting Thursday night and spoke to Davis about the case, the sheriff said. Brandon has occasionally attended those meetings since he was fired, Davis said.

&8220;You could tell he was still angry about it,&8221; Davis said. &8220;This dispute has been going on for quite a while. I guess it just came to an end.&8221;

Current Road Manager Alonzo Jones said he spoke to Brandon after Thursday night&8217;s meeting and saw nothing out of the ordinary.

&8220;It was just a normal board meeting,&8221; Jones said. &8220;I saw no animosity. That&8217;s what was so shocking.&8221;

Jones said he saw Brandon say hello to Loretha Porter&8217;s husband. Porter was one of Brandon&8217;s shooting victims Friday.

Miller, whose house was shot at multiple times Friday morning, said he knew Brandon had never forgiven him for his role in the case.

&8220;His position was he wanted his good name back,&8221; Miller said. &8220;I haven&8217;t really talked to him since then, and I&8217;ve made it a point not to have contact with him.&8221;

Miller said Porter worked alongside Savage, and had supported her claims of sexual harassment at the time.