William "Steve" Derrick, 35, 280 Dykes Road, Church Hill, has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Jeffery McNally, 47, at McNally's mobile home at 424 Carters Valley Road.
Derrick's girlfriend, Tammy Michell Hyatt, 40, 1387 Clear Creek Circle, Kingsport, has been charged with harboring a fugitive and accessory after the fact of first-degree murder for allegedly driving Derrick around after the stabbing.
Derrick and his alleged accomplice, Larry Dale Dykes, 38, 1494 Christian Bend Road, were arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on one count each of first-degree murder. Hyatt is scheduled for arraignment on April 9.
Sheriff Roger Christian said Derrick and Dykes are accused of going to McNally's mobile home in the Crossroads Mobile Home Park on Carters Valley Road Saturday around 10:30 p.m. with the purpose of robbing him.
Christian said McNally had been acquainted with both men, but at this time investigators don't know why McNally was targeted or if the suspects were after anything specific aside from cash.
According to the arrest warrant filed by Detective Lt. Allen Kidd, McNally and the suspects began to fight, and McNally picked up a knife. At some point the suspects allegedly took the knife from McNally, and Derrick is accused of delivering the fatal stab wound to McNally's chest.
Police were called to the residence shortly before 11 p.m., where they found McNally deceased.
"Prior to leaving the residence Steve Derrick ripped the phone cord out and took the phone with him to prevent the subjects (McNally and other witnesses) from calling for help," Kidd stated in Derrick's arrest warrant.
Kidd noted in Dykes' arrest warrant that after the suspects left McNally's residence Dykes came back to "see how Jeffery was."
"But when he (saw) that Jeffery was dead he told the witnesses not to tell anyone he had been there," Kidd stated in the warrant.
Dykes was found later that night hiding in the Crossroads Mobile Home Park by Rogersville Police Department K-9 unit "Driggon."
Derrick reportedly fled the scene and later met up with Hyatt, who allegedly gave him a ride.
"Ms. Hyatt was not a part of the robbery and murder, but we're alleging that Mr. Derrick told her what had happened, at which time she provided him assistance," Christian said.
Monday morning around 8:30 a.m. Derrick arranged to surrender at the jail with his attorney, Mark Stapleton. Stapleton told the Times-News Monday it's not been decided if he will continue to represent Derrick.
"At this point we're in the preliminary stages of the investigation, and depending on how the next few days and next couple of weeks go, there will be some very important decisions made, both as to representation and defense as well," Stapleton said. "I spoke to him for about 20 to 30 minutes this morning, and I don't want to get into the particulars at this point. I think there's a lot of indications of self-defense, but until everything comes together I hate to pick a horse and ride it right now."
Sessions Judge David Brand set bond for Derrick and Dykes at $250,000 each. Hyatt is free on bond.