Father, son indicted in TBI murder investigation

Staff Reports • Updated May 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee Bureau of Investigation secured indictments for a Union County father and son in connection with the killing of their neighbor.

At the request of District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones, TBI special agents investigated the death of 45-year-old Michael Woodby on Sept. 16, the same day Union County deputies found his body in a ditch along Highway 370 in Luttrell. During the investigation, agents developed information about a long-standing feud between Woodby and his neighbors across the street, 42-year-old Kevin Lee Waggoner and his son, 21-year-old Kolton Lee Waggoner. In an interview with investigators, the Waggoners acknowledged an altercation Sept. 16, which led to a shooting and Woodby’s death.

On Thursday, a Union County grand jury returned indictments for both men, charging Kevin Waggoner with one count of second-degree murder and Kolton Waggoner with one count of facilitation of second-degree murder. Authorities arrested Kolton on Thursday without incident at his workplace. He remained Thursday night in Union County Jail on $75,000 bond.

Within hours following the crime, Union County deputies arrested Kevin Waggoner. He posted $250,000 bond and was released from Union County Jail.

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