If testimony given in a preliminary hearing Thursday in Glynn County Magistrate Court proves correct, the defendant could be lucky his .22-caliber handgun didn’t fire.

According to the lead Glynn County Police Department officer on the case, police dispatched to Southern Pines Way on Jan. 25 around 1 a.m. to a domestic incident. The officer said the suspect, Ryan Elijah Edenfield, was with his girlfriend and her cousin at her residence when he and his girlfriend got into an argument. A neighbor came over, and he and the cousin escorted Edenfield out of the residence and onto a deck, whereupon Edenfield allegedly pulled out a .22-caliber handgun, aimed it and pulled the trigger, but nothing happened.

The officer testified that both the cousin and the neighbor told investigators they heard a click noise from the gun, though it did not fire. The neighbor said to police he took the weapon away from Edenfield and placed it on a railing.

Edenfield then, according to the officer, got into his Ford F-150 and quickly backed out of where the vehicle was parked. During the next several moments, he allegedly sped around the property, attempting to run over his girlfriend, who had exited her residence and gone after him. The officer said both witnesses testified the truck grazed the alleged victim and then ran over her, but she escaped serious injury by curling up and letting the tires pass on either side of her.

Edenfield also allegedly later shot at the residence with a BB gun.

When police later retrieved the handgun, it had two bullets in the magazine and one in the chamber.

Edenfield, 19, was charged with possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts of felony aggravated assault.

The case was bound over to Superior Court with the defendant as charged.

Also being heard Thursday was the case of Ethan Dean Crews, 21. Crews is accused of participating with another man, Shane Austin White, in a burglary of the residence of a Brunswick Police Department officer Jan. 18. Chad Strickland, a Brunswick police investigator, testified Crews knew of the officer and where he lived. While White allegedly entered and took property from inside the residence, Strickland said Crews sat in the getaway vehicle nearby.

Police got wind of the affair after Crews pawned items of BPD property. Strickland said investigators witnessed surveillance footage of Crews pawning the property while White waited with him. Among the items taken from the officer’s residence was an AR-15 military-style carbine, a Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun, a case containing 180 rounds of 5.56x45mm ammunition, a Fossil watch, a necklace and police-issue boots.

Strickland testified that the guns were traded for methamphetamine and have yet to be recovered. During a search warrant on the residence of Crews and White, Strickland said investigators found supplies to make meth, a syringe half-full with a clear liquid and a small bag of white powder.

Crews faces charges of felony first-degree burglary, felony theft by deception and two counts of felony theft by taking.

The case was bound over to Superior Court with the defendant as charged.

There was some amount of deliberation before James Martin Graham’s hearing as to whether to do it at all — the 61-year-old also has a first appearance scheduled Feb. 23 in U.S. District Court regarding the same matter. But, being as how U.S. Marshals had yet to take Graham into custody, the Magistrate Court hearing went along as planned.

Stephanie Oliver, investigator with the Glynn County Police Department, said she was advised someone in the county was using bit torrent peer-to-peer software to download and share child pornography. A search warrant executed on the AT&T account’s IP address led to a residence in the 100 block of George Lane.

Investigators, including agents with the GBI and FBI, found Graham at the residence, and he admitted to downloading child pornography. Also, according to Oliver, “he said he preferred girls ages 6-10.” Oliver testified police found evidence of the same on his Dell desktop computer.

Graham faces felony counts of possession of computer or electronic child pornography and sexual exploitation of children. Oliver said once Marshals execute their arrest warrant and pick up Graham, those charges will be let go to allow federal prosecution.

Graham was indicted by a federal grand jury Feb. 8 on charges of receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography and two counts of distribution of child pornography.

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