Lenoir City fatal shooting victim ID'd, suspect's bond set at $2 million – Knoxville News Sentinel
The suspect in a deadly shooting in Lenoir City was arrested Monday in West Knox County, according to the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office. Angela Gosnell, Knoxville News Sentinel
The victim of a fatal shooting in Loudon County was identified by the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, and the suspect now faces a total bond of over $2 million.
Dakota Marshall Willard, 23, recently of Loudon County, died on Monday after being shot at a residence on Lee Hi Street in Lenoir City at around 8:15 a.m.
The suspect, David T. Miles, 26, of Loudon County, was charged with first-degree murder, theft of property over $10,000, misdemeanor theft of property and especially aggravated burglary after stealing his brother’s gun and car and driving to the house where he allegedly shot Willard.
Miles was arrested in Knox County near Walker Springs Road and Bridgewater Road on Monday after authorities received a tip from a resident who recognized his car.
According to Davis, Miles stole his brother’s shotgun and car while he was in the shower and drove the residence on Lee Hi Monday morning where he allegedly shot Willard. Willard’s family has been notified, Davis said, and his body has been sent for examination.
LCSO has said detectives are still working to obtain evidence of motive for the shooting, but the agency has reason to believe it was the result of a conflict over each man’s relationship to a third-party who was said to be a girlfriend.
Willard’s mother, Rebecca Willard-Tant, posted on his Facebook page on Monday asking for prayers for his family and friends. She wrote that she did not know why he had been shot and that funeral arrangements were being made.
Miles faces a $2,113,000 bond for the four charges and is set to appear in court in early March, though LCSO Chief Deputy Jimmy Davis did not have an exact date.
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Davis said Miles had been living in the home on Lee Hi Street prior to when Willard moved in sometime during mid-January.
Miles is a Loudon County native, and Davis said he was believed to have been in the military. Davis declined to give a full account of the events of the shooting and said the young ages of Willard and Miles make the case somewhat harder to handle.
“It’s obviously devastating,” he said. “You never want to see any loss of life, but when it is two adults, 23 and 26 years old, it is a little bit harder to deal with.”
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