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Friday, June 26, 2015

UPDATE: Murder Suspect Joshua Crawford Captured in Arkansas
The manhunt has ended for a murder suspect out of Southwest Virginia. Abingdon Police Department spokewoman Tenille Montgomery confirms that 31-yr-old Joshua Copeland was captured this afternoon in Desha County, Arkansas by officers with the Arkansas State Police. State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Copeland was taken into custody at 11:49 a.m. central time and will be charged with felony fleeing. This comes after a high speed chase with police in Nashville earlier this morning where he was able to escape. Copeland is charged with first-degree murder after police said he stabbed and killed his father Edsel Copeland Thursday morning in the parking lot of a state parole office on Main Street.

Abingdon Man Accused of Stabbing, Killing Father in Probation Office Parking Lot
A manhunt is underway for a 31-yr-old Abingdon man who reportedly stabbed and killed his father in a probation office parking lot this morning. Joshua Carroll Copeland was last seen driving a 2006 silver Dodge Charger. Abingdon police are saying his father 67-yr-old Edsel C. Copeland was found lying in the parking lot of the parole office on West Main Street with a wound to the chest. He later died at an area hospital. Witnesses told officers they saw Joshua Copeland assault his father then drive off. The Virginia State Police are also involved in the search. (KC)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

UPDATE: Abingdon Man Accused of Stabbing, Killing Father in Probation Office Parking Lot
A manhunt is underway for a 31-yr-old Abingdon man who reportedly stabbed and killed his father in a probation office parking lot this morning. Joshua Carroll Copeland was last seen driving a 2006 silver Dodge Charger. Abingdon police are saying his father 67-yr-old Edsel C. Copeland was found lying in the parking lot of the parole office on West Main Street with a wound to the chest. He later died at an area hospital. Witnesses told officers they saw Joshua Copeland assault his father then drive off. The Virginia State Police are also involved in the search. (KC)

Johnson City Man's Murder Conviction Upheld by Appellate Court
A state appellate court panel confirms the first degree murder conviction of Poncho Juan Delgado of Johnson City. He's serving life in prison for stabbing another man to death in 2006. Evidence showed he stabbed Robert Curtis 36 times and then set his house on fire. His attorney argued on appeal there was no evidence of premeditation. Prosecutors argued the brutality of the slaying was sufficient evidence to prove it. The appellate judges agreed, citing witnesses who testified Delgado told them Curtis had molested his nephew and thatís why he killed the man.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Johnson City Man's Murder Conviction Upheld by Appellate Court
A state appellate court panel confirms the first degree murder conviction of Poncho Juana Delgado of Johnson City. He's serving life in prison for stabbing another man to death in 2006. Evidence showed he stabbed Robert Curtis 36 times and then set his house on fire. His attorney argued on appeal there was no evidence of premeditation. Prosecutors argued the brutality of the slaying was sufficient evidence to prove it. The appellate judges agreed, citing witnesses who testified Delgado told them Curtis had molested his nephew and thatís why he killed the man.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Stabbing Victim Still Remains Hospitalized; Investigation Continues
A Knoxville man remains hospitalized after being stabbed Sunday afternoon in Bristol, VA. Police now say they have Ronald Beck in custody on an attempted first-degree murder charge. The investigation is ongoing and as of right now, Bristol, VA Authorities say the motive for the stabbing of Tony Austin is still unknown.

Friday, June 12, 2015

DA Says He Intends to Seek the Death Penalty in Carter County Double Homicide
Carter County District Attorney Tony Clark says he intends to seek the death penalty if a grand jury indicts Erc Azotea for first degree murder in the killing of a couple who was shot, stabbed, dismembered and burned. That following the preliminary hearing for Azotea in which TBI investigator Brian Fraley testied that Azotea confessed to killing Arthur Gibson Jr. And Amber Terrell of Kingsport over drug money. He said Azotea told them, Gibson sold him with drugs and it was Terrell who brought a gun to his home and, as she began acting strange that day in January, he took the gun from her and shot and stabbed them. He also said he had researched how to burn bodies before the day they were killed. Azotea is jailed with his next scheduled court appearance July 30th.

Couple Attacks Hawkins County Neighbor After He Complained About Their Loud Sex
With a combined 76 arrests between them, a Rogersville couple is once again being held in the Hawkins County Jail. Deputies say 33-year old Johnny Allen Richards and 32-year old Erin Brooke Lawson became violent with their neighbor after he called the police to complain about their loud sex. After officers left, the couple went to the victim's home and hit him with a rake hard enough to break the handle and then stabbed him with the broken handle. Later, Lawson used the handle to assault Richards. After a third visit by officers to their home in one evening, both Lawson and Richards face aggravated assault charges.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Kingsport Police Charge 12-Year-Old in Stabbing
Kingsport police say two men were fighting over a $40 debt when a boy with a knife stabbed one of them. It happened at an apartment at 106 West Charlemont Avenue near downtown. Police have not identified the 12 year old boy but say he's charged with aggravated assault. The 44-year-old man he stabbed is in the hospital in stable condition. Police did not identify any of those involved.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kingsport Police Charge 12-Year-Old in Stabbing
Kingsport police say two men were fighting over a $40 debt when a boy with a knife stabbed one of them. It happened at an apartment at 106 West Charlemont Avenue near downtown. Police have not identified the 12 year old boy but say he's charged with aggravated assault. The 44-year-old man he stabbed is in the hospital in stable condition. Police did not identify any of those involved.

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