ROGERSVILLE — With the help of witness statements and DNA evidence, police made two arrests Tuesday and Wednesday in the March 20 near-fatal stabbing of a Rogersville man.
Randall Stewart, 226 Hillcrest St., Rogersville, was stabbed on the left side of his neck, left side of his chest and right side of his chest. Stewart has not been able to provide investigators with much information about who attacked him, according to Rogers- ville Police Department Detective Jim Shanks
Shanks told the Times-News Wednesday that shortly after the stabbing a confidential informant working with the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit implicated Kenneth Robert “Kenny” Bare, 28, P.O. Box 94, Rogersville, in Stewart’s stabbing.
“Their information was good information, and myself and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation went to interview Mr. Kenny Bare,” Shanks said. “We collected some DNA (blood) evidence from a vehicle that Mr. Bare had been in on the night of the stabbing. That evidence was sent to the TBI crime lab for analysis and subsequently came back as a match for our victim, Mr. Stewart.”
Shanks said he received another tip implicating Michael Keith Robinette, 29, 143 Little Carter Road, Rogersville, in the stabbing as well.
The tipster allegedly placed Robinette and Bare arriving at the Stewart residence in the same vehicle the night of the stabbing and leaving in the same vehicle. Bare and Robinette are each charged with attempted second-degree murder.
Investigators subsequently acquired video surveillance footage from the Rogersville Wal-Mart parking lot on the night of the stabbing. Shanks said the video showed Robinette and Bare in the same vehicle shortly after the stabbing had occurred.
The driver of that vehicle, who has not been charged, told police that when Robinette returned to the vehicle from Stewart’s residence he had blood on his hands.
“He came back to the vehicle with blood on his hands, and (the driver) heard Mr. Robinette state in the vehicle after this incident that he had stabbed the victim,” Shanks stated in the arrest warrant.
In Bare’s arrest warrant Shanks stated, “Also the witness heard Mr. Bare state in the vehicle after this incident that he had stabbed the victim. This witness also advised that Mr. Bare punched the dash of the car and said he thought he’d killed somebody.”
Shanks said he has a theory for the motive for the stabbing but won’t release that information to the public.
In a separate case, Bare was charged by the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office in July with manufacturing methamphetamine, promotion of the manufacture of meth, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in the Hawkins County Jail on $35,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment in Hawkins County Sessions Court on Oct. 20.
Robinette was lodged in the Hawkins County Jail on $25,000 bond and will be arraigned in sessions court on Oct. 29.
Shanks said the TBI deserves much of the credit for solving this case.