Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Knox County Sheriff News
Murder Investigation Suspect Identified
The man wanted for Friday afternoon’s break-in, carjacking, and murder is identified as 49-year-old year-old Jeffery Willard Wooten of 1912 Millard Beets Road.
The hunt for Wooten ended around 3:45 p.m. on Friday after he was spotted by Loudon County officers traveling westbound on I-40. Officers attempted to stop him, but he fled, made a U-turn on the interstate, and headed eastbound on I-40. KCSO officers joined the pursuit. He got off on Lovell Road and crashed the vehicle he was driving. He was taken into custody and transported by Rural Metro to UT Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. The KCSO was assisted by the FBI and Loudon County Sheriff’s Office.
Wooten is charged with first degree murder with no bond and two counts of aggravated robbery for a combined bond of $100,000. He has a criminal history in Knox County that includes resisting, simple possession, armed robbery, burglary, flight/escape, weapon offense, and stolen vehicle. He is also wanted for armed robbery and aggravated assault out of Norcross, Georgia for robbing a Waffle House with a pitchfork. He has a fugitive from justice warrant for that with no bond.
According to the initial investigation, a woman and her mother pulled into the mother’s driveway at 7622 Hunters Ridge Way around 12:00 p.m. this afternoon and were confronted by a man with a gun. He stole the daughter’s vehicle and fled. When the daughter entered the house, she found her 44-year-old brother, Randy Lands, had been shot and killed.