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KPD identifies victim, suspect in downtown Knoxville stabbing

Officials with the Knoxville Police Department are investigating a potential stabbing that happened in downtown Knoxville Friday morning.
Published: Nov. 27, 2021 at 2:44 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 27, 2021 at 10:41 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Officials with the Knoxville Police Department are investigating a potential stabbing that happened in downtown Knoxville Friday morning.

The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. when officers were dispatched to Henley Street near Clinch Avenue. The victim, identified as Kevin Turner, 45, who appeared to be stabbed at least once, did not cooperate at first with Violent Crime Unit investigators, KPD officials told WVLT News.

After some investigating, police officials were able to confirm that the stabbing happened at a homeless camo near Henley Street and World’s Fair Park Drive.

Officials were able to identify a suspect in the incident, John Williams, 45, who was charged with aggravated assault. Williams told officers that he stabbed Turner “because he believed the victim was taking advantage of the suspect’s fiancé.”

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