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Pigeon Forge woman's death ruled a homicide, father is suspect

Staff Report • Aug 14, 2009 at 12:00 AM

According to a report by the Knoxville News Sentinel the death of Shannon Hercutt, 40, was originally called a traffic fatality. But her father, Ted Hercutt said he knew as soon as he heard she was not wearing her seat belt and that the 2007 Cadillac Escalade's windows were down that "something was wrong."It's was also bothersome that the windshield was not broken, there were no skid marks at the scene, an electronic device in the vehicle indicated that it was going 7 mph when it wrecked and the SUV's airbags never deployed. Her body was found in her SUV on Aug. 3, about 125 feet down a steep mountain embankment near some of the rental cabins she managed. Early this month Sevier County District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn asked that the traffic accident investigation be turned over to the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division and TBI.Sheriff Ron Seals says the case is now being handled as a homicide and Ted Hercutt, who had a strained relationship with his daughter over litigation between them on a real estate venture, isn't surprised he's a suspect. Sharron Hercutt, who was single and ran a rental cabin business, had enemies from her dealings, according to her father. He says he did not kill his daughter. CLICK HERE for the full report.

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