Former Candidate for Mayor Charged with Attempted Murder

TELLICO PLAINS, Tenn (WVLT) -- A man that ran for mayor of Tellico Plains this past summer is facing an attempted first degree murder charge.

J.C. Walker, 83, is in jail in lieu of a two hundred thousand dollar bond.

Monroe County Sheriff's deputies say the charge stems from a Sunday incident that Walker had with Reeford Monroe.

Deputies say Monroe had been renting a house from Walker.

Chief Bill Isbell says Walker asked Monroe to come to court Monday to be a character witness for him in his stalking case.

Isbell says when Monroe told Walker he couldn't go he said he was going to kill him.

Monroe told deputies Walker then got a shovel and began to beat him in the head, chest, and arm while saying "die you son of a (expletive), die!"

Monroe was taken to Sweetwater ER with cuts to his face and arm.

As for the stalking charge, The Monroe County Advocate & Democrat
reports David Brock filed the stalking charge against Walker on Oct. 2.

The newspaper reports Brock alleged that Walker had purchased a shotgun and was threatening to kill Brock over the Veterans Memorial in Tellico Plains.

The newspaper reports that Brock was one of two men Walker tried to run over as they were working on the Veterans Memorial in March.

Walker later pleaded guilty to assault from that charge and was given a suspended sentence.

Walker ran for the mayor of Tellico Plains but was defeated by incumbent Mayor Roger Powers on Sept. 4.

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