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TBI: Murder suspect’s brother allegedly sold guns from victim’s home

Investigators said they determined Fagans brother Jimmie Fagans allegedly sold guns taken from the victim’s home after the homicide.
Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said two men were arrested in connection...
Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said two men were arrested in connection to a 2018 homicide in Bluff City.(TBI)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 12:06 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said two men were arrested in connection to a 2018 homicide in Bluff City.

On August 10, 2018, TBI agents began an investigation into the death of Herman Rumley after his body was discovered inside his home on Woods Road.

During the investigation, authorities said they develoiped information leading to James Lee Fagans as the individual responsible for Rumley’s death. On September 10, 2018, Fagans was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder.

Investigators said they determined Fagans brother Jimmie Fagans allegedly sold guns taken from the victim’s home after the homicide.

On May 26, the Sullivan County Grand Jury returned indictments charging both James Fagans and Jimmie Fagans with one count of Money Laundering and one count of Tampering with Evidence.

On Tuesday, Jimmie Fagans was located and arrested in Marion, Virginia. He is currently being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon, awaiting extradition back to Tennessee.

James Fagans was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Sullivan County Jail. He is being held on a $20,000 bond. At the time of his arrest, James Fagans was out on a $100,000 bond from the original charge of Second Degree Murder placed in 2018.

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