Mother killed, father hurt; $5 mill. bond for Cumberland Co. suspect

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A man has been arrested in connection with two crime scenes that left two dead and others injured in Cumberland County.

According to investigators, Makayla Laray Manning, 23, was shot and killed Tuesday night. In multiple Facebook posts, a man she identified as her husband, 39-year-old Joseph Manning, was identified by authorities as a victim of that same shooting. Investigators said he was hurt along with 42-year-old Eleashea Alene Curry, both of Crossville.

The shooting unfolded around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday on Vandever Road in Crossville.

Hours earlier, Cumberland County deputies were dispatched to a home on Critter Creek Road after a citizen reported finding a body just before 6 p.m. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found the body of a male victim in a trash pile outside of a home. TBI said this is being investigated as an apparent homicide. Officials identified the body as belonging Lowell "Chip" Simmons II, 47, of Crossville. An earlier statement from officials referenced the incident as a shooting. Ongoing investigative efforts determined that may not be the case.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Cumberland County Sheriff's announced John Patrick Fields, 47, was a suspect connected to both cases. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

TBI said that Makayla Manning died on the scene of the shooting. Her husband and Curry sustained gunshot injuries and were taken to UT Medical. According to the hospital they are in stable condition.

The TBI continued to investigate both incidents with help from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, the office of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The bodies of Manning and Simmons were sent for autopsies to determine the cause of death.

Fields was held in the Cumberland County Jail on a $5 million bond with a court date on March 18.