Man accused of pulling gun on victim wearing MAGA hat appears in court

Published: Feb. 18, 2019 at 9:14 AM CST
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The Tennessee man accused of pulling a gun on a man wearing a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat appeared in court Monday morning.

Judge John Brown entered a not guilty plea for James Phillips. Judge Brown also said he would appoint Phillips a court appointed attorney.

According to the police report, officers were called to Sam's Club Saturday due to a person with a gun.

According to Terry Pierce, Phillips pulled a gun on him because he was wearing a MAGA hat.

Pierce tells 13 News that he was shopping with his wife when Phillips "Pulled a .40 caliber out and stuck it in my face, backed up and said, 'It's a good day for you to die.'"

Pierce went on to tell 13 News, "I said, 'Then pull the trigger. Put the gun down and fight me or pull the trigger. Whichever one you want.' And he backed up and he said it again, he said, 'It's a good day for you to die.'"

Phillips’ wanton endangerment charge is punishable by 1-5 years in jail.

A preliminary hearing has been set for Friday at 9:00 a.m.