Felony charges of attempted murder are now filed against a Rankin man accused of shooting his step-father-in-law and estranged wife's boyfriend.
The Vermilion County State's Attorney's office added two counts of attempted murder to the existing charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and unlawful restraint against 46-year-old Vernon Scott Lee.
Lee is accused of shooting — Donald Frazier, his step-father-in-law, and Jeff Turner, the boyfriend of his wife, Emily Lee, who was separated from her husband. Records show there was an order of protection against Lee prior to the shooting on November 5.
Vermilion County sheriff investigators reported that Lee, armed with a handgun, entered the rural Rankin home of the Fraziers, battered Don Frazier, shot him multiple times, tied him up and left him in the back yard of the house. He then lured his estranged wife and Turner to the house. Lee then attacked Turner, shot him multiple times, and later he shot himself in the back yard.
All three men survived. Lee has been in custody at the Vermilion County jail on $1 million bond.