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Hamblen Co. authorities fear Mother's Day shooting suspect may try to flee to Mexico

May 11th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

According to a report in the Knoxville News Sentinel the suspect in a Mother's Day shooting that killed a 40-year-old mother of five is an illegal immigrant and that could complicate the investigation, Hamblen County authorities said today.

Detective Sgt. Frank Lane of the Hamblen County Sheriff's Department said 41-year-old Carmen Vences, the alleged shooter and father of the slain woman's five children, is an illegal immigrant from Mexico who's lived in the area for three or four years.

Hamblen County Sherriff Esco Janigan issued a stern warning Sunday that anybody who attempts to hide the suspect would be charged with being an accessory to first-degree murder.

Adelina Delasancha was killed by her children's father in what appeared to be a fit of jealous rage, the sheriff said.

The shooting took place during a coming-of-age celebration for a Hispanic youth that was being held at a business rented for the occasion at 111 Spencer Hale Rd., the sheriff said. Her youngest children were at the party and watched the shooting, which occurred after Vences got into an altercation with another male at the scene, Jarnagin said.

There is some concern that Vences may attempt to flee the area and return to Mexico, Hamblen Chief Deputy Wayne Mize said.

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