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Suspect given $1 million bond in Bradley County slaying

36-year-old Laron Hayes was arraigned on charges of first-degree murder, terroristic threatening, and aggravated assault. (KATV Photo)

A Bradley County homicide suspect made his first appearance before a judge Wednesday morning.

36-year-old Laron Hayes was arraigned on charges of first-degree murder, terroristic threatening, and aggravated assault.

The chief deputy in Bradley County says Hayes is accused of shooting 31-year-old Colby Rice just outside Hermitage on Tuesday.

Authorities say Hayes then reportedly pointed the gun at an eyewitness to the shooting, which resulted in the charges of terroristic threatening and aggravated assault.

Rice was a father of two boys. He worked at a mill in El Dorado and had a passion for racing cars. Rice's brother, Dillan Rice, told KATV it was Rice's passion for racing that helped bring their father out of a deep depression. Rice said his father isn't taking the news of Colby's death well.

"All I know is I've got to put my brother in the ground because of an idiot that won't stand up and fight somebody like they used to do in the old days - he's got to go for a gun," remarked Rice.

According to Rice's brother, Hayes allegedly called his brother's best friend after the shooting.

"He called him and he told him - look I just killed your best friend - now I'm coming for you," recalled Rice.

Hayes is being held in the Bradley County jail on a $1 million bond.

He has been provided a public defender.

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