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Four charged in stabbing death of Chuckey man

KRISTEN SWING • Feb 26, 2007 at 11:57 AM

JOHNSON CITY - A Chuckey man was stabbed to death Sunday evening outside his home after allegedly trying to get a group of uninvited guests to leave.

According to officials with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, three Telford men drove with a 17-year-old juvenile to 128 Kenneth Foster Road, Chuckey, to confront a teenage couple at the residence.

"They go down there, and Jimmy Dean Overman goes outside to try to get everyone to leave," said Sheriff Ed Graybeal. "An altercation broke out, and Mr. Overman was struck from the side and then stabbed."

Overman, 41, reportedly was talking to one of the three uninvited men when another one of them, Jason Allen Phillips, 22, 370 McCarty Hollow Road, Telford, allegedly struck him in the face. Phillips then stabbed Overman at least twice in the neck and chest areas and slashed him once with a small knife, authorities said.

After allegedly killing Overman, Phillips fled the scene along with his stepbrother Daniel Joseph Black, 21; Michael Gabriel Blankenship, 21; and the teenage girl, who reportedly is a student at the county's alternative learning center.

According to arrest warrants filed with the Washington County court system, Blankenship, of 292 McCarty Hollow Road, Telford, drove the group to a location on Highway 107 so two of the individuals could wash Overman's blood from their skin. Blankenship then transported the group to a location on Watauga Road in Johnson City where Phillips disposed of bloody clothing and a knife believed to be the murder weapon, authorities said.

A short time later, WCSO deputies stopped the group's vehicle while it was traveling in the area of Gray Station Road, approximately 20 miles from where the murder took place.

In an interview with WCSO investigators, the teenage girl reportedly told authorities where to find the murder weapon.

"We went out to a dumpster around the (Johnson City) Specialty Hospital and found the bloody clothes," Graybeal said. "We also found the knife we believe was used in the altercation."

Investigators charged Phillips with second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Phillips recently was released from the Washington County Detention Center after being arrested on Feb. 8 for violating his parole.

According to WCSO investigators, Phillips was out on parole from an armed robbery conviction out of Sacramento, Calif., when he was picked up here for violating the terms of his parole. Washington County authorities were forced to release Phillips from jail on Feb. 20, though, after Sacramento police "failed to respond" by that date.

Meanwhile, Black was charged with accessory after the fact to second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to his arrest warrant, Black "did knowingly stop a friend of the victim from coming to the aid of the victim while the assault took place." He also allegedly encouraged the teenage girl to get into a physical altercation with another teen at the scene of the murder, authorities said.

Investigators said both Phillips and Black have a "lengthy criminal history ranging from here to California."

Authorities also arrested Blankenship, who is facing charges of accessory after the fact to second-degree murder and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

All three men were being held in the WCDC. Phillips was being held on $100,000 bond, Black on $50,000 bond and Blankenship on $25,000 bond.

The 17-year-old girl was charged with accessory after the fact to second-degree murder and was being held in the Johnson City Juvenile Detention Center.

An investigation into the murder is continuing, authorities said.

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