Mountain City double murder baffles i...

Mountain City double murder baffles investigators; baby found alive in slain mother's arms

There are 178 comments on the Knoxville News Sentinel story from Feb 1, 2012, titled Mountain City double murder baffles investigators; baby found alive in slain mother's arms. In it, Knoxville News Sentinel reports that:

MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. - The Johnson County Sheriff's Department is searching for clues in the shooting deaths of a man and woman in their home at 128 James Davis Lane on Tuesday morning.

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Johnson City, TN

#101 Feb 5, 2012
Dawn wrote:
As a Criminal Justice student I know that there is no perfect crime. Evidence is always left behind by the killer because they are ignorant. Something is always left behind. They need to look very close to home. This crime was personal otherwise the man's throat would not have been slit. The woman I feel was in the wrong place at the wrong time so the killer had to eliminate any witness. But the killer was definitely after the man for whatever reason which is unknown to us but hopefully the TBI willl get to a motive. They need to look at friends and even family. This was no stranger who did this unspeakable crime.
Why was he shot when the sound could have been heard?Why not just cut his throat only?Why did Billy let him in if there were unresolved dealings?

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#102 Feb 5, 2012
I was wondering why not shoot him a second time, if the first time didn't kill him, instead of cutting his throat? When you've already fired 2 shots, what's one more?
Also, if he was still in his bedroom & still in his night clothes, which I'm assuming was his underwear, if he's like most Men...then, it sounds to me like he had no idea they were in the house until he heard them coming...maybe not even until they were on him & woke him up.
If they had been invited into the house for whatever reason, most Men would have woke up, put on their pants & come out of the bedroom to see who the Male voices belonged to that they heard talking to their Girlfriend, I would think.
Observing

Marion, VA

#103 Feb 5, 2012
Really Sassy wrote:
, put on their pants & come out of the bedroom to see who the Male voices belonged to that they heard talking to their Girlfriend, I would think.
is there proof it was a Male intruder ?
R U 4REAL

United States

#104 Feb 5, 2012
hmmm.... male voices talking to the g/f??? where did this come from? who said there were male voices talking to anyone?
Observing

Marion, VA

#106 Feb 5, 2012
R U 4REAL wrote:
hmmm.... male voices talking to the g/f??? where did this come from? who said there were male voices talking to anyone?
Really Sassy wrote:
I was wondering why not shoot him a second time, if the first time didn't kill him, instead of cutting his throat? When you've already fired 2 shots, what's one more?
Also, if he was still in his bedroom & still in his night clothes, which I'm assuming was his underwear, if he's like most Men...then, it sounds to me like he had no idea they were in the house until he heard them coming...maybe not even until they were on him & woke him up.
If they had been invited into the house for whatever reason, most Men would have woke up, put on their pants & come out of the bedroom to see who the Male voices belonged to that they heard talking to their Girlfriend, I would think.
Really Sassy ???

Since: Dec 10

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#107 Feb 5, 2012
Ms RS must be on lunch break. She will no doubt be back to explain. She likes to go on and on when she is on here... topix habit I suppose.

Since: Oct 11

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#108 Feb 5, 2012
Observing wrote:
<quoted text>is there proof it was a Male intruder ?
I'm not very knowledgable about knives, but do you think a Female would cut a Man's throat? Wouldn't that take quite a bit of upper body strength? Stabbing , I could see a Woman doing , but cutting a Man's throat? I just can't see a Woman doing that. I'm not saying it's impossible, but I think it's highly unlikely.
And if there wasn't more than one Killer, what would have kept the Girlfriend from taking the Baby & making a run for it. I would think it would have been difficult, if not impossible, for one Killer to keep the Man & the Girlfriend , both, under control, especially if it the one Killer was a Female.

Since: Feb 12

Charlottesville, VA

#109 Feb 5, 2012
Got a point there Really Sassy
R U 4REAL

United States

#110 Feb 5, 2012
hey look guys,this has an hr time frame,It could have been more than one,maybe not.i believe it all happened so fast,they couldnt do anything.they were surprized in their sleep,probably,he first,then she may have ran to the babys room,thats probably when he got her,sicko person or persons.makes me cry for the family

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#111 Feb 5, 2012
R U 4REAL wrote:
hey look guys,this has an hr time frame,It could have been more than one,maybe not.i believe it all happened so fast,they couldnt do anything.they were surprized in their sleep,probably,he first,then she may have ran to the babys room,thats probably when he got her,sicko person or persons.makes me cry for the family
Your Post makes sense. I noticed the Articles didn't say where she was found, only the Man.
But, I still think that had to be more than one Killer or one of the Victims would have tried to run to get away. One Person could not have watched both of them, at the same time. Plus, the Articles said there was no sign of a struggle on the Man. When your life is in danger, you're going to fight or run, if you think you have any chance of escaping. The only way that one of them wouldn't have done that would be if a gun was being held on both of them at the same time, IMO, & that would take, at least, two Killers.
R U 4REAL

United States

#113 Feb 5, 2012
gheeshhhh where did that retard come from?
R U 4REAL

United States

#114 Feb 5, 2012
they did say they found billie in the babys room

Since: Oct 11

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#115 Feb 5, 2012
R U 4REAL wrote:
they did say they found billie in the babys room
I don't remember reading that, but I could have missed it, I guess. Did you read it or where did you get that info?

Since: Feb 12

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Beckley, WV

#118 Feb 6, 2012
It's like it was a hate killing for them to cut his throat after being shot. Like they wanted to inflict revenge on him. Or maybe it was a hit on the wrong house. You never know.
Snowball

Beckley, WV

#119 Feb 6, 2012
I don't know this family, but my Mom's cousin is married into this family. It's an awful tragedy and I hope who did this never has peace again.
bruce b

Johnson City, TN

#120 Feb 6, 2012
I live right next door with my wife and we knew them fairly good, they were decent people who loved their baby dearly, we didnt know any one who was having problems with them. Everyone around here is on edge and have gone to great lengths to protect ourselves. We just pray they catch whoever did this before one of us or the family does, as there wont be a need for a trial if there caught by anyone other than the authorities....

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#122 Feb 6, 2012
bruce b wrote:
I live right next door with my wife and we knew them fairly good, they were decent people who loved their baby dearly, we didnt know any one who was having problems with them. Everyone around here is on edge and have gone to great lengths to protect ourselves. We just pray they catch whoever did this before one of us or the family does, as there wont be a need for a trial if there caught by anyone other than the authorities....
Was anybody home at your house the day & time that this happened. If so, did you not hear the gun shots or did you hear them , but not think anything about it?
I say that because I live inside the City Limits where shooting guns is illegal, but I hear them quite alot because we have deer not far away I think some of them are People shooting deer for food. They have increased since the bad economy hit & now, most of the time, nobody even bothers to call the Police when we hear the gun shots, not even when they sound like handguns. That may be a mistake, but when People used to call the Police, they never saw anything when they responded. So, there's not alot they can do, anyway.
I'm saying all of this because I don't want you to think I'm blaming you in any way, if you did hear the gun shots. I'm just wondering if you did & what the Killers did to keep the gunshots from being heard by the neighbors.
hmmmm

Elizabethton, TN

#123 Feb 6, 2012
Really Sassy wrote:
<quoted text>
Was anybody home at your house the day & time that this happened. If so, did you not hear the gun shots or did you hear them , but not think anything about it?
I say that because I live inside the City Limits where shooting guns is illegal, but I hear them quite alot because we have deer not far away I think some of them are People shooting deer for food. They have increased since the bad economy hit & now, most of the time, nobody even bothers to call the Police when we hear the gun shots, not even when they sound like handguns. That may be a mistake, but when People used to call the Police, they never saw anything when they responded. So, there's not alot they can do, anyway.
I'm saying all of this because I don't want you to think I'm blaming you in any way, if you did hear the gun shots. I'm just wondering if you did & what the Killers did to keep the gunshots from being heard by the neighbors.
Well for one it's not deer season so be suspicious..also if they used a 22 handgun you are not going to hear it they have just a pow sound not a boom sound...also talk of guy having a issue with another guy at work..so i would look there..

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