Update: Sevier fatalities result of murder-suicide

12:34 PM, Dec 24, 2012   |    comments
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Two people found dead at a Sevier County property died as a result of a murder-suicide, according to the sheriff.

William B. Davis, 51, and Shannon F. Whaley, 52, were found deceased at a residence on New Era Rd., sheriff Ron Seals said.

Investigators believe Davis killed Whaley, who was his mother-in-law, then took his own life in a camper on the property. There had been an ongoing dispute between the two, the sheriff said.

Investigators are awaiting the results of autopsies.


The Sevier County Sheriff's Office and TBI are investigating the deaths of two people found in Sevier County Saturday morning.

Sheriff Ron Seals said a man called 911 at approximately 8:30 a.m. after he found his wife dead inside their home on New Era Road.

When deputies arrived on scene, they found a man dead inside a camper trailer located on the same property.

Authorities said they are interviewing several people and are conducting an on-scene investigation at this time.

Stay with wbir.com for the latest on this developing investigation.

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