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Kingsport murder witness arrested on tampering with evidence charges

November 4th, 2011 10:48 am by Rain Smith

The witness to a Kingsport murder was arrested Thursday in Bristol, Va., for allegedly removing crack cocaine and prescription medication from the scene of the August shooting.


Kingsport police report the items were discovered on Bredgette Shaw, 22, immediately following the Aug. 3 homicide on Dale Street, as detectives interviewed her at the police department. She allegedly admitted to taking the drugs from the home, with police saying the delay in her arrest was due to pending lab results which identified the narcotics.


Investigators say drugs and robbery are believed to be the motive behind the murder of Jarrett Hughes, 24. The two suspects, who allegedly entered through a back door of Hughes' home and shot him in the chest, have yet to be located and arrested.


Shaw, address provided as 175 2nd street, apartment G, Bristol Va., has been charged with tampering with evidence and two counts of possession of schedule II drugs. KPD Det. Cpl. Frank Light said Kingsport officers served the warrant for her arrest at a neighboring apartment, where Shaw was staying with a friend following eviction from her unit.


Police from Bristol, Va., assisted in the arrest and booked Shaw into their facility. She remained held there on Friday morning while awaiting extradition to Kingsport.


Shaw was with Hughes when the gunmen entered his residence, 937 Dale St., and shot him in the chest. Hughes' mother was reportedly asleep in an adjacent bedroom. Aside from the murder of Hughes no one else was injured.


The suspects, each black males, are believed to have run from the home to a red four-door car. One of the suspects is described as 25 to 28-years-old, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and more than 200 pounds with dreadlocks. The other is described as 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall, more than 100 pounds with an afro. Cpl. Light said investigators are still following leads in the case.


The death of Hughes is one of two Kingsport homicides within the past three months. On Oct. 16 Betty Sue Short, 65, was found bludgeoned to death on a couch in her home, 361 Barnett Drive, apartment 2.


Detectives say there were no signs of forced entry into her residence, leading them to believe Short knew the suspect and let them in. Stolen from the home was a red toolbox containing two handguns and two collector knives.


Cpl. Light said no clear motive in the murder has been identified, while police are continuing to follow leads generated from tips from the public.


Anyone with information on the murder of Short or Hughes, or information on potential suspects, can contact Kingsport detectives at (423) 229-9429.

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