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Update: Two charged in 2011 Kingsport murder; family calls arrests "bittersweet"

August 15th, 2013 3:07 pm by Rain Smith

Update: Two charged in 2011 Kingsport murder; family calls arrests "bittersweet"

Dominique Lashon "Domo" Morrison, 25, and Jarrod Logan "Hoodie" Anderson, 24

Update: 11:35 a.m.

Hundreds of hours of investigation by Kingsport police, including interviews with more than five dozen individuals throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, have led to a pair of arrests in a 2011 murder.

On Wednesday night Kingsport police apprehended two Johnson City men, each indicted the previous day by a Sullivan County grand jury. They are both charged in the Aug. 3, 2011 murder of Jarrett Hughes, 24.

Dominique Lashon "Domo" Morrison, 25, and Jarrod Logan "Hoodie" Anderson, 24, are accused of busting through the backdoor of the residence, then fleeing as Hughes suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the back.

Kingsport Interim Police Chief David Quillin says the men didn't personally know Hughes, though he was indeed the target of the attack; it was not a random shooting

Robbery is cited as the motive. Considering the pending trials investigators declined to identify what, if anything, was stolen, or who pulled the trigger. Investigation into the incident is continuing.

Approximately 12 hours after the arrests of the suspects, the victim's family was still processing the news.

"I guess it's bittersweet," a close family member told the Times-News, requesting that they not be identified by name. "I feel bad for the (suspects') families. But they can still get a hug, a kiss, a phone call. We can't. They can grab them, smell them. We can't."

The family thanked Kingsport detectives for their hard work and patience in the case, saying they're relieved there was no hasty arrest of the wrong people.

"I've now got a face to go with names," said a relative. "I can pray and let God's will be done."

Police say Wednesday's arrest of Anderson, of 1310 East Fairview Ave., occurred near his home. Morrison, of 11 Brooklawn Court, was apprehended at the Johnson City residence of his mother.

During a Thursday morning press conference, Interim KPD Chief Quillin commended Sgt. Frank Light and Det. Randy Murray for their, "excellent, good old fashioned" work on the case.

When asked about the two year and five day lapse between the shooting and arrest, he stressed real murder cases aren't wrapped up as quickly as those depicted in TV and movies.

"It's our hope that the arrest of these two individuals will at least offer some type of closure to the friends and family of Mr. Hughes," Quillin said.

Hughes' family concedes that while some answers have been provided, and some tribulations are now behind, new ones are on the horizon.

"I'm glad to finally put this behind us, but it's just the beginning," a relative of Hughes told the Times-News. "We have to go through the trial, all that good stuff and bad stuff."

Police say that when Hughes was killed by Morrison and Anderson, three additional people were in the Dale Street home; his mother — who was sleeping in another room — his girlfriend, and a third individual who has not been publicly identified.

As authorities worked the scene of the murder two years ago, the home was surrounded by approximately one hundred neighbors, friends and family.

"Lost his life over nothing," said one man at the time of the incident, as he turned and walked away from the residence, shaking his head.

"I don't care what he did," remarked a woman to a group of neighbors, "nobody deserves to die."

Multiple onlookers suggested gang activity and drugs played a part in the shooting. During Thursday's press conference Quillin declined to comment on either theory.

Police say the lone individual in the home who actually witnessed the shooting was Hughes' girlfriend, Bredgette Shaw, 22 at the time. She was taken to the police department for interviews immediately following the incident.

Three months later she was arrested at an apartment in Bristol, Va., charged with tampering with evidence at the time of the Kingsport shooting. She allegedly removed crack cocaine and prescription medication from the scene.

Anderson and Morrison are currently jailed on $500,000 bond each. Their court dates have yet to be set.

They are each charged with first-degree felony murder, attempted especially aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.

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Previous story: 7:58 a.m.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Kingsport man, who was shot in the chest two years ago after intruders burst through a back door of his home.

Kingsport Police Department Public information Officer Tom Patton says the suspects, Jarrod Logan Anderson, 24, and Dominique L. Morrison, 25, were indicted Tuesday by a Sullivan County grand jury. They were arrested Wednesday night.

Authorities plan to release additional information on the arrests at a Thursday morning press conference.

The incident occurred Aug. 3, 2011 at 937 Dale St.  Jarrett Hughes, 24, of the residence, was targeted in the attack, with the suspects running from the home and jumping into a vehicle after the shooting.

Investigators previously said drugs and robbery were motives in the murder. The lone witness to the shooting was Hughes' girlfriend, Bredgette Shaw, 22.

She was taken to the police department for interviews immediately following the incident. She was later charged with tampering with evidence for allegedly removing crack cocaine and prescription medication from the scene.

Check back with TimesNews.net for additional information as it becomes available.

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