Maryville man killed woman while grandchildren were home

Published: Nov. 1, 2018 at 10:40 AM EDT
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A Maryville man is in custody following the death of a woman found in Pulaski County, Kentucky.

According to the Blount County Sheriff's Office, Bradley Allan McMahan, 34, is in custody in connection to the death of 59-year-old woman who was found dead on Thursday morning at around 6 a.m. on Good Hope Church Road inside of her home.

Investigators later identified the victim as Johnnie Faye Davis.

“I don’t see how anyone could kill such a precious lady like she is. She was such a good friend, good hearted," said Doris Crabtree, the victim's neighbor.

Early information from investigators suggested that the suspect had possibly gone back to Maryville after killing the woman; however, investigators later said that McMahan was spotted driving a truck in Somerset and was arrested by police.

The victim's daughter, who lives in Maryville, had issued an emergency protection order against McMahan who authorities describe was her ex-boyfriend. The victim reportedly had taken custody of her grandchildren, ages 11 and 14.

"She is in Maryville, Tennessee and is at the police station and is talking to authorities in Maryville.” said Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck.

CBS affiliate WKYT reported that McMahan was charged with murder, with other charges potentially pending. Officials have not released any details on the woman's manner or cause of death. An autopsy is slated for early Friday morning.

McMahan's bond was set at $1 million.

Deputies do not believe anyone else is at risk. According to a tweet from BCSO, McMahan is now in custody in Somerset.

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