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KCSO: Two arrested in Wednesday shooting in North Knox County

Officers said that a victim with a gunshot wound was pronounced dead at the 5900 block of Jones Road in North Knox County.

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. — The Knox County Sheriff's Office said two people have been arrested after deputies found a man killed in a shooting Wednesday morning in North Knox County.

On Thursday, KCSO identified the victim as David Howard, 28, of Corryton. Later, they also said they identified Jessica Leann Hamlet, 35, and Joseph Adam Sparks, 47. Both are charged with first-degree murder.

They also said Matthew Garcia was arrested on outstanding warrants during the investigation. Those warrants include drug paraphernalia and evading arrest charges.

Deputies arrived at the 5900 block of Jones Road on Wednesday and said Howard had been shot. AMR later pronounced him dead.

KCSO said it had no reason to believe the shooting was a "random act," and asked people who might have information about the incident to call (865) 215-2243 or email crimetips@knoxsheriff.com.

Hamlet has a lengthy arrest history, often involving substance abuse, and has been convicted of TennCare fraud for trying to help her brother secure prescription drugs fraudulently, records show.

KCSO also said deputies arrested a woman on drug charges unrelated to the shooting after searching the home. According to deputies, Jacklyn Steele, 30, from Knoxville was arrested for several charges of sale and delivery of heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine, and marijuana. Deputies said she also has been charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a dangerous felony.

Credit: Knox County Sheriff's Office

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