Skip to comments.Jeffery Wooten named as suspect in East Knox County carjacking and murder (Pitchfork Bandit)
Posted on 05/12/2014 1:15:09 PM PDT by csvset
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Sheriff's Office says 49-year-old JJeffery Willard Wooten of 1912 Millard Beets Road killed a man, stole a car then led police on a high-speed chase in Knoxville on Friday.
Wooten has a criminal history in Knox County that includes resisting, simple possession, armed robbery, burglary, flight/escape, weapon offense, and stolen vehicle.
He is also wanted for armed robbery and aggravated assault out of Norcross, Georgia for robbing a Waffle House with a pitchfork. He has a fugitive from justice warrant for that with no bond.
The Sheriff's Office says Friday's incident began as a burglary at 7622 Hunters Ridge Way around noon. The suspect shot and killed the homeowner, identified as Randy Lands, 44.
The victim's mother and sister returned home during the burglary. The suspect held them at gunpoint and stole the sister's car. Neither woman was injured, but the woman was taken to the hospital for treatment of chest pains. Neighbors say they're simply shocked thinking that their neighborhood was safe, now learning that crime has no address.
"It's kind of scary knowing that things are taking place that would involve all this and bring all this to our neighborhood and we do have kids that play outside and something serious could be happening," said Michael Lafollette.
Wooten was captured just before 4 p.m. after a short pursuit that ended on Lovell Road. He is charged with first degree murder with no bond and two counts of aggravated robbery for a combined bond of $100,000.
Nearby Carter Elementary, Middle and High schools as well as Sunnyview Primary were put on lockdown as a precaution, but the lockdown has since been lifted.
Some folks just need.................
I’d say he needs killing.
Our “justice system” has screwed up justice. He shouldn’t still be breathing.
he needs to suffer a long painful death, perhaps via pitchfork
FReepmail me or KoRn to get on or off the Waffle House Ping List.
Did his parents stutter when they named him?
Let Oklahoma execute him. That should become the standard for cases like this.
Georgia justice is stern. And deep-fried.
I lived four years from age 6-10 in Knoxville in the Inskip area. That would have been in the early 1960's. Back then kids were safe to go out and play and doors were locked only at night or if you went on vacation. Today when I go even into that area I carry.
The area where the Christian/Newsome carjacking occurred a few years ago, back in the early 1960's it was as safe as Inskip. Section 8 destroyed it. I worked in the Whittle Springs area as a night clerk back in the late 1980's. I carried every night.
I can also remember as about a 12 or 13 year old riding into Knoxville in the late afternoon with my dad on his way to work. My dad worked at Ma Bell on Magnolia. He would drop me off downtown at The Tennessee Theatre and I'd catch a movie or two then walk down to the phone company about 8:00pm to his office and stay there till he got off from work. That was in the early 1970's. By mid 1970's men working at the phone company on evening shift and night carried as did my dad. Cars were stolen, broken into, and persons robbed at gunpoint or knife point. That area now is the mission district and as such it is a huge contributor to the daily arrest in Knox County.
I'm outside of Knox County in a rural area. I carry and I keep at least two firearms accessible to me but well hidden when I'm home. Not even the rural areas are safe now. 30 years ago thereabouts two punks went into a home after the husband/father had left for work and axed up his wife and daughter. That one was close to my location. The husband/father was my kids bus driver. The two that did it one was a Juvie the other the state of Tennessee has yet to put to death.
Robbing a Waffle House, I’d think the odds were against him. Usually a lot of heat in there. He seems to have beat those odds anyway...this time.
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