Receipt helps tab Kingsport murder suspect

Rain Smith • Apr 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Though investigators have yet to publicly pinpoint a motive in last week's murder of a Lynn Garden man, records show a receipt from a nearby business — and subsequent review of surveillance footage — helped identify the suspected gunman.

Corey Lee Moore, 28, is charged with the premeditated first-degree murder of Timothy L. Gilliam, 56. According to an affidavit filed in Kingsport General Sessions Court, on Thursday night an acquaintance visited Gilliam's home, 524 Stapleton Drive, to find him slumped over in front of a couch. Upon discovering that Gilliam was dead, he dialed 911.

Responding detectives with the Kingsport Police Department determined that Gilliam had recently suffered multiple, close-range gunshot wounds. According to court records, they learned a white Ford Mustang had fled the home just prior to Gilliam's acquaintance arriving. And on a coffee table in front of Gilliam's body, they found a sales receipt from a city grocery store.

Surveillance footage was soon pulled from the business. It reportedly revealed Gilliam had been at the store in the same Mustang, while also showing the driver to be Moore.

A warrant was obtained for Moore's arrest. Shortly after midnight on Saturday morning, an officer spotted him driving the Mustang on Stonegate Road and parked outside of Model City Apartments. He was then taken into custody without incident.

Moore, address listed as 4805 Highway 11-W, Blountville, was arraigned on Monday morning. As of Tuesday, he remained held in the Sullivan County jail in Blountville on $250,000 bond.

Kingsport police are continuing to investigate the case and a possible motive.

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