DA: Woman who killed man at Father's Day celebration sentenced

Woman convicted in 2018 murder / Source: Knox Co. DA

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knox County District Attorney announced a woman who was convicted in connection to the death of a man who was killed on Father's Day in 2018 has been sentenced.

Rickeena Hamilton, 39, was convicted of second degree murder and tampering with evidence in connection to the death of Chaz Cox that occurred on June 17, 2018. On September 12, Hamilton was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the crimes.

Attorneys said that on that day Cox and his parents were at Bullfeathers in Farragut celebrating Father's Day playing pool. "At one point during the evening, [Cox] and Hamilton got into a fist fight." Officials said that Cox walked away from the pool tables, but Hamilton pulled a knife from her pocket and stabbed Cox in the neck. The release from the DA's office said she was "laughing as she left the bar."

Investigators recovered the knife, which they said had been thrown in a dumpster.

“This family lost their son on Father’s Day,” said DA Charme Allen. “Although we can never make their family whole again, we hope that the verdict provides them some solace and protects the community."

According to a release from the DA, the judge imposed the maximum sentence of 25 years for second degree murder and then three for tampering with evidence.

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