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A 19-year-old pregnant woman fatally shot on an East Knoxville residential street was killed by a boyfriend who remained at large Thursday night, police alleged.
Brandon Scott Donaldson, 22, of Knoxville was arguing with Marcia Crider as she sat in a parked car with her mother in the 3900 block of Porter Avenue when he opened fire on the pair Wednesday morning, according to Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk.
Crider was struck multiple times. Her mother, whose name has not been released by police, was not injured.
Warrants were issued Thursday against Donaldson on charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. Police also released his photograph and a warning to the public that Donaldson should be considered armed and dangerous. Bond on the charges has been set at $750,000.
An autopsy performed Thursday showed that Crider was 13 weeks pregnant, DeBusk said.
The spokesman said investigators understand that Donaldson apparently was not the father of the unborn child.
It will be up to prosecutors to decide whether to file any additional charge for the death of the fetus.
State law was amended last year to allow criminal prosecution for an assault against a pregnant woman that causes the death of a human embryo or fetus at any stage of gestation in utero. The law previously applied only to a viable fetus.
After the shooting, Crider's mother drove her daughter a couple of blocks to a pay phone to call E-911.
Emergency responders found the pair in the parking lot outside the Amvets Thrift Store, 4105 Holston Drive.
Crider was transported by ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon.
Investigators initially responded to the thrift store but quickly shifted their focus back to the shooting scene outside a house at 3941 Porter Ave.
Multiple shell casings littered the street where neighbors reported hearing as many as 10 shots fired.
Neither the victims nor the suspect lived at the address. DeBusk said Crider had some connection to the residence, although he declined to elaborate.
He also declined to detail the circumstances that preceded the shooting, characterizing it only as a domestic dispute.
Copies of the warrants against Donaldson were not immediately available Thursday afternoon.
"The mother was there to pick up the daughter and the argument escalated," DeBusk said.
Donaldson is described as a black male, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, a goatee and tattoos on his left and right forearms.
KNOX -- Starke County police responded to a rural home Wednesday afternoon after a woman called 911 saying she had just shot her boyfriend.
Police arrived at the home on County Road 550 East near County Road 200 South to find 46-year-old Ron Worker, of Knox, unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Police said they arrested 51-year-old Kathleen Holt, of Knox, and found a firearm they believe was used in the shooting.
Medical personnel tried to resuscitate Worker, but he died later at IU Starke Hospital.
Holt is being held in Starke County Jail as a suspect in Worker's murder. As of Thursday, her bond had not been set.
An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.
Authorities have charged a Murfreesboro man with first-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife who was found on Valentine's Day inside their Kanatak Lane home in the Blackman community.
Jacob Pearman, 30, was taken into custody only a few hours after he allegedly killed his wife, 30-year-old Carla Pearman, according to officials with Murfreesboro Police Department.
“He has been charged with first-degree murder,” said Maj. Clyde Adkison, a spokesman for the Police Department. “During his interview, he did confess to the detectives.”
Adkison said Jacob Pearman remains in custody at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he is being held without bond until a preliminary hearing, which will likely take place next week.
Police discovered the body of Carla Pearman at about 3:30 a.m. when they responded to 839 Kanatak Lane, located off Fortress Boulevard in the Preserve at Indian Creek subdivision, in reference to a possible suicide.
“At approximately 3:21 a.m., our 9-1-1 communications center received a phone call from the parents of (Jacob Pearman) stating that their son was possibly contemplating suicide,” Adkison said.
When police arrived at the residence less than five minutes later, they discovered Carla Pearman dead in the bedroom of the house, Adkison said.
Just before 6 a.m., Adkison said police tracked down Jacob Pearman in Manchester, Tenn., and brought him back to Murfreesboro for questioning.
Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division spent more than four hours combing through the house collecting evidence, as the investigation into the case continues.
Authorities have not publicly discussed how she was killed, and an official cause of death will not be released until an autopsy is completed by the State Medical Examiner's Office in Nashville.
The few details that have been released suggest that Carla Pearman was strangled and beaten to death.
Jacob Pearman, a well-known personal trainer at the Murfreesboro Athletic Club, and Carla Pearman, who is originally from Manchester, had been married for less than six months and lived in the house with her young son, whose identity is not being released due to privacy laws.
It is unknown whether the boy was at home when his mother was killed.
Although police have not commented on a possible motive, Jacob Pearman was scheduled to appear Thursday in Rutherford County General Sessions Court for a criminal summons on a charge of felony child abuse and neglect regarding an incident with his stepson.
RANDOLPH COUNTY —Authorities announced that the Thursday deaths of a Randolph County couple were the result of an apparent murder-suicide.
Deputies responded to 1267 Beverly Hills Drive about 6 p.m. after a 911 caller reported that two people had been shot inside the residence, according to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.
Clayton Woodrow Barricks, 29, and Jennifer Dawn Hill, 30, were both pronounced dead at the scene, deputies said.
It was unclear Friday which person investigators believe killed the other. Authorities have not released that information, and sheriff’s officials could not be reached for comment.
Investigators have said the victims “were involved in domestic relationship.” Both bodies were taken to the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsies.
The scene is just south of High Point in the northwest corner of Randolph County.
The house is on a dirt road behind Flash Gordon Motors and Leasing automotive dealership. The neighborhood was quiet on Friday morning, with no signs apparent that it had been a crime scene the previous evening.
A man who answered the door at the couple’s home who said he was a family member declined to comment. Neighbors reached Friday either said they didn’t know the victims or declined to comment.
Thursday’s deaths involved the second homicide in this part of Randolph County in the past four months.
In an unrelated incident in October, Tina Mae Rook, 36, of High Point, was fatally stabbed in the Prospect Street/Thompson Road area, about a quarter-mile from the scene of Thursday’s deaths.
No arrests have been made in Rook’s death. Authorities said she was seen getting into a pickup truck in the area of Clinton Avenue and Lincoln Drive in High Point shortly before she died on the afternoon of Oct. 13.
According to a description released by the sheriff’s office, the white, full-size, single-cab truck was driven by an unknown white male of slim build with brown, shaggy hair.
Randolph County authorities have ruled the deaths of two people at a residence just south of High Point Thursday night a murder-suicide.
Sheriff's deputies have identified the deceased as Clayton Woodrow Barricks, 29, and Jennifer Dawn Hill, 30. The couple was involved in a domestic relationship, authorities said. Deputies responded to 1267 Beverly Hills Drive about 6 p.m. after a 911 caller advised that two people had been shot inside the residence. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
Further information about the deaths, such as who authorities believe killed whom, has not been yet been released.
RANDOLPH COUNTY — Two people were killed in a residence on Beverly Hills Drive just outside of High Point Thursday night.
Lt. Ed Blair of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department said officers responded to a 911 call at 6:15 p.m. to the residence where they found two bodies.
Blair said the bodies will be taken to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Raleigh for an autopsy. More details will be released today by the sheriff’s department.
RAMSEY, Minn. - Anoka County sheriff's officials say a couple found dead in an apparent murder-suicide had received an eviction notice.
The bodies of 67-year-old Caron Fine and 65-year-old Mitchell Fine were found in their Ramsey home Tuesday. Sheriff's Cmdr. Paul Sommer says the couple's daughter asked police to check on her parents after she received an email from her father indicating the couple was being evicted and they planned to kill themselves.
Their bodies were found in their rented house with gunshot wounds to the head. Nine cats were also found dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
Sommer tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press investigators believe Mitchell Fine used a rifle to kill the cats and a handgun to kill his wife and himself.
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LACEY’S SPRING, Ala. (WHNT) – A Valentine’s Day love story has apparently turned into homicide. A Morgan County woman, who should have been celebrating her wedding anniversary, was instead found dead in her home this morning. Sheriff’s investigators say her ex-husband is the primary suspect in her death.
The body of 46-year-old Stacey Hagood was found in the home she shared with her ex-husband, Rodney Hagood, on River Loop Road late this morning by her daughter. Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin declined to say how she died, but she says the death was homicide.
“This is a case of domestic violence, on-going domestic violence, has been throughout the years,” Sheriff Franklin told reporters Thursday morning.
Stacey Hagood was last seen alive at around 7 PM Wednesday night by her daughter, who discovered her mother’s body when she returned home just before 11 AM Thursday morning. It’s an address sheriff’s deputies are quite familiar with, they’ve been there many times. In fact, deputies were called to the home Tuesday night on another domestic violence call.
The Hagoods were married on Valentines Day a number of years ago, but had divorced. Rodney Hagood had moved back in with his wife, but their neighbors say there was always trouble.
“They were always into it, you know. Good people, she was a great person, give you the shirt off her back. But Hagood, he was always into something. There was always cops over there, couldn’t ever tell what was going to go on from one day to the next. He’d be in jail then out of jail, and you’d know when he got back because they’d be argueing, and then he’d be on the loose out here asking for rides and wanting you to do something, borrow money. Other than that, they were real good people,” JD Atchley, who lives next door to the Hagoods told WHNT News 19.
Sheriff Franklin says Mrs. Hagood had filed for protection orders on a number of occasions, but never followed through, or failed to show up in court, apparently due to threats of additional violence. Franklin says Mrs. Hagood died as she had lived much of her live, in fear.
“I will tell you that from interviewing the family members, none of them were surprised that this happened. They were waiting for the day this would happen. That’s a terrible situation to live in. So my heart goes out to this family, and to the family of the suspect. It is just a terrible situation,” Sheriff Franklin said.
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