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Johnson City man charged with murder, abuse of corpse

October 6th, 2012 4:20 am by Becky Campbell, NET News Service

Johnson City man charged with murder, abuse of corpse

A Johnson City man paroled three months ago choked and beat his girlfriend to death before weighing down her body and dumping it off a Carter County bridge last weekend, city police confirmed Friday.

Steven Odell Bennett, 31, 16912 Orleans St., Johnson City, is now charged with second-degree murder and abuse of a corpse for the death of 28-year-old Vonda Berry Marshall Donaldson.

Her body was recovered late Wednesday from Watauga Lake near the Butler Bridge after officers and the Carter County Rescue Squad spent two days of searching the water with sonar equipment.

Read the full story on the Johnson City Press Web site.


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