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Kingsport stabbing suspect no stranger to Sullivan County court system

Kacie Dingus Breeding • Nov 14, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Dennis L. Rose was arrested Tuesday in connection with the stabbing death of David Noel Dorton.


KINGSPORT — A Kingsport murder suspect accused of stabbing a man to death Tuesday afternoon is no stranger to the court system in Sullivan County, with grand jury indictments in two unrelated cases announced Wednesday afternoon, shortly after his morning arraignment hearing, and earlier indictments announced Oct. 30 in another set of cases.

Dennis L. Rose, 21, of 156 Gravely Road, was arrested Tuesday in connection to the stabbing death of David Noel Dorton, 20, of 1113½ Bloomingdale Pike.

Kingsport Police Chief Gale Osborne said the first officers on scene tried unsuccessfully to revive Dorton after Rose followed him home and stabbed him in his driveway after an argument at Model City Apartments. Dorton was transported by ambulance to Holston Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

A witness traveling with Dorton was transported to the Kingsport Justice Center to make a statement. He was not injured in the incident, Osborne said.

At a 9 a.m. arraignment hearing Wednesday, Rose was arraigned on a first-degree murder charge, and the judge set his bond at $250,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 20, according to Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Keith Elton.

Later Wednesday afternoon, a Sullivan County grand jury indicted Rose on drug charges and driving offenses stemming from two traffic stops in July and March, according to court records.

Kingsport police arrested Rose on or about July 29 after a traffic stop on Eastman Road. Police said Rose consented to a blood test after admitting he’d smoked two “blunts” about half an hour before a Kingsport Police Department officer stopped his car because the stereo could be heard from the other side of the road, his windows were nearly blacked out with window tint, and a cover over the rear tag was also tinted, according to an affidavit filed July 29.

The grand jury on Wednesday indicted Rose on charges of first-offense DUI, violation of window tint law, violation of registration plate display, and returned a no true bill finding on an additional charge of possession of marijuana he’d initially been arrested on. Following his arrest, Rose posted $1,500 bond on July 30, according to court documents.

A capias issued after Rose allegedly failed to appear for trial in general sessions court on Oct. 2 in that case was dismissed Oct. 4, according to court records, which indicate his next court appearance in that case is set for Nov. 30.

Prior to the July traffic stop, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Robert Greer said in an affidavit filed March 6 that he conducted a traffic stop on Rose at South Eastman Road on March 5 about 5:50 p.m. after clocking the Chevrolet S-10 he was driving from Jared Drive on Wilcox Drive toward Meadowview at 57 mph and observing he was not wearing a seat belt as he passed by.

Greer said Rose voluntarily pulled a baggy of marijuana from his right watch pocket while he was talking with him. Greer then patted Rose down prior to placing him under arrest and found three individual baggies of a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine in a leather wallet, a pack of rolling papers in the truck, and a total of about $687 in Rose’s pockets.

Greer said Rose told him he was delivering the marijuana and cocaine. Rose said the marijuana was for “some friends” and the cocaine was going to “an undisclosed person,” according to the affidavit.

The grand jury indicted Rose on charges of possession of over one-half gram of cocaine for sale or delivery, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, and violation of the seat belt law. Rose posted $3,000 bond on March 13 prior to scheduled May 8 and Sept. 28 court appearances in Kingsport General Sessions Court, according to court records.

On Oct. 31, a Sullivan County grand jury also indicted Rose on domestic assault and vandalism charges stemming from a July 31 incident and a criminal simulation charge in connection to a May 30 incident.

On July 31, Kingsport police arrested Rose after he allegedly hit his girlfriend several times after an argument that she said began at Rose’s residence, 1044 Union St., Apt. 4, and continued to the Rock Springs Market. Rose’s girlfriend told police he’d hit her several times, pinched her arm, slapped her face, and then broke her cell phone when she attempted to call her mother.

Rose was charged with domestic assault and domestic vandalism under $500 after police observed a bruise on her arm and the damage to the cell phone. He posted $1,500 bond in Kingsport General Sessions Court on Aug. 1, prior to a Sept. 28 court appearance, according to court records.

On May 30, Kingsport police arrested Rose on a criminal simulation charge after he allegedly attempted to pass two fraudulent $5 bills at the Sunoco on Bloomingdale Pike, according to an affidavit. The clerk told police Rose attempted to make a purchase using one fake $5 bill, and then tried to give her another one when she told him the first bill was counterfeit. Rose posted $3,000 bond later that day, prior to May 31 and Sept. 28 court appearances, according to court records.

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