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LENOIR CITY MAN CONVICTED OF 2015 MURDER IN ROANE COUNTY

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District Attorney General Russell Johnson announced last night (Friday, June 23, 2017) that a Morgan County jury found 37-year-old Erskine Andy Hunt, Jr. of Lenoir City, guilty of second degree murder in the December 20, 2015 slaying of his girlfriend, 28-year-old Dolly Meyers of Lenoir City. Hunt took the stand in his own defense Friday in an attempt to convince the jury that he did not intend to kill Meyers. Hunt claimed that he was the victim of two attempted armed robberies that he alleged were perpetrated by several intruders, intruders that the State argued were not real. Witnesses to the events leading up to the shooting, the murder, and the aftermath, testified that they did not see any intruders and described Hunt’s behavior leading up to the murder as paranoid and agitated. The prosecution argued that Hunt voluntarily placed himself in a state of agitation and paranoia after using methamphetamine. Evidence in the case showed that Hunt shot Meyers in the back with a shotgun inside a single-wide trailer on Airport Road in Rockwood. Meyers and Hunt had been overnight guests of the resident, Violet Callahan, at a home she shared with her two minor children. The evidence demonstrated that Hunt and Meyers had both been using methamphetamine and were staying at Callahan’s home for the night after having been asked to leave the home of Hunt’s mother, Angela Davis, earlier that day. In statements to law enforcement officers, Hunt admitted to killing Meyers and said he thought that someone was trying to break into the trailer and when he shot Meyers with one of two shotguns, he brought with him that night. Along with the conviction of second-degree murder, Hunt was also convicted of two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. Sentencing will be September 18, 2017.


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