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Cold Case Shines: Update on Three Recent Cases

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

The Cold Case Unit, made up of members of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Knoxville Police Department, are working together to help solve approximately 200 unsolved cases dating back to the 1960s.  Recently, the Unit saw success with three different cases as grand juries handed down indictments.  Members of the Cold Case Unit will be available to the media for details that have not been previously released and to answer questions on Tuesday, April 30, at 11 a.m. at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

One case they will talk about is David DeWayne Hopkins, who was indicted March 23, 2013 for the felony murder of George Anthony Barrett in July 1994.  He was found gagged and beaten to death.  Hopkins is in the Knox County Detention Facility under a $750,000 bond.

Another case dates back 25 years ago when Bobbie Lou Hill was killed.  Her son, Billy Ray Hill, Jr., who was 19 at the time, has been indicted on first degree murder for her death.  He’s in the Knox County Detention Facility with a $500,000 bond.  He’s also been charged with solicitation of first degree murder and is under another $500,000 bond for that.

Investigators will also detail the case against James McKenzie who was indicted for the 1993 killing of Courtney Duncan.

KCSO Chief Investigator David Davenport heads up the Unit.   Captain Edd Stair, Sarah Jane Quindry, and Amy Dobbs are investigators from the KCSO.  Jeff Day is an investigator from the Knoxville Police Department.



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