State Trooper Tyson Lawson arrested 36-year-old Jeremiah (Jeremy) Charles Evans, of Pineville, on Wednesday for the death of William Taylor of Frakes.
Taylor was brutally beaten during the robbery of his home in the early morning hours of January 15, 2008. After the robbers fled, Taylor walked more than 100 yards to his nearest neighbor’s house for help.
Taylor was sent to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he was initially admitted to the Intensive Care unit. Taylor’s condition was briefly upgraded to stable before his injuries claimed his life approximately one week after the attack.
Evans faces one count of murder or complicity to commit murder and is charged as a persistent felony offender in the second degree, according to the indictment against Evans that was handed down by Bell County Grand Jury on Wednesday.
Currently, Evans is the only suspect in custody, but police believe that he didn’t act alone.
“The investigation is on-going, said Lieutenant Mickey Hatmaker, who assisted with the arrest. “There will be more arrests, I am confident of that.”
Hatmaker called the crime a “travesty” and remembers the distress the death caused the family and community.
“Obviously we’re happy to be moving closer to getting closure for the family,” said Lt. Hatmaker.
Detective Mitch Williams, now retired, instigated the investigation nearly three years ago, and has been called in to assist since leaving the force.
“This is the type of investigation that requires a lot of time,” said Williams. “I think its been handled properly by Trooper Lawson, Lieutenant Hatmaker, and everyone involved.”
Trooper Lawson was reassigned the case after Williams’ retirement; Lt. Hatmaker and Trooper Ryan Sizemore assisted with the arrest.
An arrest is an accusation only. Those arrested are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
Lorie Settles is a staff writer for the Middlesboro Daily News. She may be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.