2 indicted in shooting death of Springfield father

Brandon Gardner, Wyatt Cragin and Travis Wilkerson

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two Springfield men have been indicted on murder charges in the shooting death of Brandon Gardner.

Authorities say Wyatt Cragin and Travis Wilkerson were developed as suspects in the case through evidence and witness statements.

Smokey Barn News first reported Cragin, 19, was taken into custody on Thursday by a detective and narcotics agent during a vehicle stop.

Wilkerson, 20, is already in the Robertson County Detention Center on a probation violation.

In November 2014, 27-year-old Gardner, a father of five, was shot multiple times during a drive-by near South Main Street and 18th Avenue East in Springfield.

Officers found him lying on the ground while a citizen was performing CPR. He was reportedly taken to NorthCrest Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

A second man, 21-year-old Mandrekus Young, arrived at the hospital with gunshot wounds not long after. He was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment.

Police believe the two shootings are connected, but haven’t elaborated on how.

Wilkerson and Cragin face first degree murder, attempted first degree murder and aggravated assault charges.

They were booked into the Robertson County jail on $200,000 bond each.

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