George Thomas Murr,
ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man was arrested last week on charges including filing a false report and misuse of official information after he allegedly faked a suicide attempt to gain sympathy from his girlfriend.
Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Reba Matthews was dispatched to a residence on Berry Road just north of Bulls Gap around 10:21 p.m. Thursday on a complaint of an attempted suicide by hanging.
A woman reportedly told Matthews she arrived home to find her boyfriend, George Thomas Murr, 25, 4140 Van Hill Road, Rogersville, lying on the ground with a rope around his neck, but he was still breathing.
Murr then got up and asked for his girlfriend’s car keys so he could leave before police arrived.
The girlfriend refused to give up her car keys, so Murr left on foot toward South Fork Branch Road.
Matthews stated in her report that three deputies including herself arrived at the scene, “from running priority code and putting themselves and others at risk.”
Deputies conducted a search of the area but were unable to find Murr. They then contacted Verizon and had Murr’s cell phone “pinged.”
As a result of the cell phone “ping” Murr’s location was determined to be about 200 yards from the residence. Sgt. Mike Allen and Cpl. Sam Wilhoit then reportedly found Murr hiding just off the roadway under a fence row.
“Mr. Murr stated he was not trying to kill himself, but was only trying to get sympathy from his girlfriend after an altercation that day,” Matthews stated in her report.
Murr was released from the Hawkins County Jail early Friday morning and appeared in Sessions Court Monday where he waived his arraignment.
A Nov. 18 trial date was scheduled.