By ALLEN RAU
Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal held a press conference Tuesday morning to announce that Jonesborough resident Aaron Christopher Story, age 32, has been charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Christopher Scott Connelly, age 38.
According to Graybeal, “On June 2, we responded to Dry Creek 1500 block on a deceased white male on a trail road about 30 to 35 feet off the road.”
A woman walking her dogs saw the body and alerted local law enforcement. Graybeal said that as a result of good work by the Criminal Investigation Department, the victim was identified as Connelly.
The sheriff said Story happened to be in court on unrelated charges and that investigators were able to get him back to the sheriff’s office for questioning.
“He consented to talk to us and give us an interview and as a result of really good interviewing he said that he was the shooter,” Graybeal reported. “I think they talked to him about three hours, maybe closer to four, and he finally admitted to everything.”
The sheriff said that there was allegedly some type of dispute between the two men.
Graybeal said that Connelly was shot once in the back of the head, but that the murder weapon has not been recovered.
Story is currently being held on a $100,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center. He was scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday, June 5, at 1:30 p.m. in General Sessions Court.
Graybeal added that the investigation was ongoing and that investigators were still trying to piece the events together. “We’re still talking to find out exactly what the evening was like and so far the gentleman that we have charged with the murder is cooperating with us.”
Graybeal also appealed to the public for information. “We’re still asking anybody that knows anything about these gentleman, or anybody that has anything they can give us to call our number here. Either call 911 or (423) 788-1414. If you call, if you would, give us your name and number where we can contact you back.”