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Victims identified in weekend double-killing following crash into Knox house

The Sheriff's Office said Ronnie Edward Johnson was in an argument with his fiancé before he tried to run her over with his pickup truck.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — UPDATE 11:30 AM MONDAY: The victims shot to death after a motorist crashed violently Saturday night into their home have been identified as Boyd and Doris Beets, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

The Beetses were at home when a pickup suddenly crashed into the house on Live Oak Circle.

Authorities said Ronnie Edward Johnson was arguing with his fiancé, Amy Clarkson, while driving on the street around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Investigators said a fight broke out between them, before Clarkson left Johnson's pickup truck to knock on the door of the home.

Johnson then tried to run her over, authorities said, plowing the car through the porch and into the home. He then got out of the truck and shot the two people inside the home, according to authorities.

"Sheriff Tom Spangler is asking that you please keep their family in your prayers," a statement from the KCSO reads.

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Authorities said that Ronnie Edward Johnson was arguing with his fiancé, Amy Clarkson, while driving on Live Oak Circle at around 10:30 p.m. March 21. Investigators said a fight broke out between them, before Clarkson left Johnson's pickup truck to knock on the door of a home with a porch light on.

Johnson then tried to run her over, authorities said, plowing the car through the porch and into the home. He then got out of the truck and shot two people inside the home, according to authorities. Afterward, he went to look for Clarkson as she ran away on foot, investigators said.

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Investigators arrested Johnson that night. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of domestic aggravated assault and another count of attempted first-degree murder.

No date is set for when Johnson may appear in court. 

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