Alcoa man charged in 20-year-old murder case

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- An Alcoa man has been charged in a 20-year-old murder case.

According to a release from the Blount County Sheriff's Office, investigators served a man on a charge of felony murder linked to the killing of a 1998 Maryville resident.

Christopher William Knighton, 38, who is currently serving a sentence on other charges at Morgan County Correctional Complex, is in custody in the Blount County Correctional Facility to face his new charged. BCSO says he is being held on a $75,000 bond.

In 1998, on February 5, Gary Neil Wesley Huskey was shot and killed during a burglary at his residence on Luther Jackson Drive in Maryville.

The sheriff's office investigated his death and the burglary, but was unable to make an arrest.

In 2011, an investigator with the sheriff's office developed new information and continued to establish Knighton and other accomplices as potential suspects in the following years.

Earlier in 2018, investigators traveled to the Morgan County Correctional Complex and interviewed Knighton about the incident. According to BCSO, Knighton gave the investigators probable cause to charge him with Huskey's murder. Knighton was 18-years-old when the burglary and murder took place.

The sheriff's office is working with the District Attorney General in the case and will release more information as it becomes available.