Knox County Police have charged Joseph Rivera with first-degree murder after he was accused of killing his wife in a West Knoxville apartment Saturday. He is being held on a $250,000 bond.
Witnesses say that Rivera and his estranged wife, Christene, had been arguing on the front porch of her Bramblewood apartment around 5:00 p.m. last night. They heard screaming coming from the apartment, and one man saw Rivera standing over his wife before the suspect slammed the door. When police arrived on the scene, they found the victim dead on the floor of the apartment. Cause of death is still being investigated.
Rivera was taken into custody after a short pursuit on Highway 321.
A spokesperson for the Knox County Sheriff's Office said the suspect wanted in connection to a West Knox County murder has been arrested.
Martha Dooley said Joseph Rivera was taken into custody by deputies with the Loudon County Sheriff's Office.
Dooley said Rivera was seen at a Weigel's gas station along US 321 and tried to get away. A chase ensued and Rivera crashed his pickup truck.
Rivera is being held for Knox County deputies, who plan to pursue a homicide charge.
The Knox County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man they say killed his estranged wife.
Deputies responded to Bramblewood Apartments just after five o'clock Saturday afternoon. First responders found 38-year-old Christene Rivera dead inside an apartment. Neighbors told investigators they saw Rivera with her estranged husband, Joseph, earlier in the day.
According to investigators, Joseph and Christene Rivera had been separated for several months, and they believe Christene had an order protection out against her husband.
Joseph Rivera is 48-years-old and has salt and pepper hair. He is 5'9" tall and weighs 170 pounds. According to deputies, he was last seen driving a blue Toyota pick-up truck with Tennessee licence plate number 473RXW.
Anyone with information on Rivera's whereabouts, is asked to call the Knox County Sheriff's Office at (865) 215-7212.
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