Randall Stewart, 50, 226 Hillcrest Road, called 911 shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday and told the dispatcher he’d been stabbed, was dying, and needed help. According to police, Stewart was barely conscious at that time.
Rogersville Police Chief Doug Nelson said detectives didn’t find any signs of a struggle and were interviewing neighbors, family and friends Thursday to see what they could find out about the events leading up to the stabbing.
Stewart is a member of a well-known Hawkins County family involved in construction and land development. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was called to the scene early Thursday morning to assist in the investigation.
“We really couldn’t find anything out of the ordinary at his residence except where he’d bled in a lot in different places in the house,” Nelson said. “He lived alone, and we can’t even say for sure right now if he had any visitors, or if he did this himself. We gathered some knives from the residence, but if one of them is the knife that cut him it was cleaned off before we got there.
“It’s just one of those things — I’m afraid to say what happened until we talk to some more people and find out what’s going on.”
Although there was no evidence of a struggle, Nelson said there was evidence that Stewart moved around the residence quite a bit after being cut and allowed time to elapse before calling for help, possibly because he didn’t realize how serious the injury was.
“He moved around through the house, and you could see where he’d stand in one place for a while and drip blood on the floor, and then go stand somewhere else and drip,” Nelson said. “It’s just pure speculation, but it’s almost like he stabbed himself and didn’t realize how serious it was, and walked around and did a few things, and then all of a sudden realized, ‘hey I’m bleeding.’ Obviously, as soon as he’s able, we’d like to talk to him and see what he can tell us about this.”
Stewart was admitted to Holston Valley Medical Center, where he remained in intensive care Thursday evening.