Greg S. Slemp
A Kingsport man arrested in a weekend shooting also "brutally" beat his ex-wife, according to police, then tossed her down a 15-foot drop to an unfinished basement.
The woman was later located by friends and transported to the hospital, where the medical staff had to cut away a belt that was tightly cinched around her neck. She reportedly suffered a compound fracture to one leg, a broken hand, black eye, abrasions all over her body, facial swelling and large lacerations to the head that required staples.
The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office says they made the discoveries as part of their investigation of Saturday night's attempted murder at 321 Hidden Valley Road. Resident Greg S. Slemp, 42, was arrested after returning to the home several hours after the incident.
A Sullivan County Sheriff's Office arrest report says the shooting victim had visited Slemp's home to watch football. Slemp became enraged, according to the victim, after being asked if he had "feelings" for the man's girlfriend. That's when Slemp allegedly pulled out a sawed-off shotgun and fired, shooting the man in the arm.
SCSO Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says Slemp offered detectives a different motive in the shooting, claiming it was related to drug money.
As the victim ran from the home Slemp allegedly fired a second time, but missed, and the man sought assistance at a neighboring residence. Slemp fled immediately following the shooting but returned approximately three hours later, at which point he was taken into custody by investigating officers.
Slemp was transported to the Sheriff's Office for questioning and later was charged with attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault. The shooting victim was taken by EMS to a local hospital for treatment. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Police say that while investigating the shooting they uncovered evidence that Slemp had "brutally" assaulted his ex-wife on Thursday.
Detectives then went to a local hospital to speak with the woman. Upon being admitted on Thursday she claimed to have fallen off a ledge while getting firewood.
Authorities say they later learned her injuries occurred while being assaulted by Slemp. It allegedly began with Slemp hitting her in
the head with a toilet seat, then repeatedly striking her with a ski
pole. He also tied the belt of a bathrobe around her neck, then "threw
her" into an unfinished basement of his home."
Police say there were no stairs leading to the basement, making the woman's fall approximately 15 feet.
Earhart says the woman remained in the basement a few hours before she was discovered by friends and EMS was called. On Monday she remained hospitalized in serious condition, while Slemp has been charged with an additional count of attempted second-degree murder. He has also been charged with kidnapping.
The new charges brought against Slemp are not the first related to the woman. In January of 2009 he was arrested on two counts of attempted first-degree murder, accused of trying to kill her while she was pregnant.
A police report from that incident stated Slemp became irate after finding pictures of the woman's ex-boyfriend. At the time they were married.
He allegedly punched his wife in the face and knocked her to the floor – while she held their four-month-old child – and stated he would kill her.
In that incident the victim fled the home in a vehicle, with Slemp turning himself in to police three days later.
Sullivan County District Attorney Gen. Barry Staubus says Slemp later pleaded guilty to a lesser offense of aggravated assault and was placed on probation. He then violated that probation and was jailed, with the Tennessee Department of Corrections indicating he was released in December of 2012.
In October of last year he was arrested again by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office on a charge of domestic assault.
As of Monday afternoon Slemp remained held in the Sullivan County jail without bond.
Police say a 5-year-old child was also at Slemp's home when Saturday's shooting occurred. The Department of Children’s Services was notified of the incident and the child was released to a family member.