Jarrod Logan "Hoodie" Anderson and Dominique Lashon "Domo" Morrison.
Two Johnson City men charged in a 2011 Kingsport killing, reportedly busting into the home of the victim's mother and shooting him in the back, have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
Dominique Lashon "Domo" Morrison, 26, of 11 Brooklawn Court, and Jarrod Logan "Hoodie" Anderson, 25, of 1310 East Fairview Ave., appeared Monday in Sullivan County court in Blountville. According to Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Leslie Tiller, they both pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, attempt to commit especially aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.
Tiller says sentencing guidelines for the second-degree murder charge call for 25 years imprisonment with no eligibility for parole. The pair were originally charged with first-degree murder.
"Looking at all of the evidence, the nature of the crime and the potential defenses, we are pleased to have a resolution where they are pleading guilty to murder," Tiller told the Times-News. "We're happy it's a 100 percent sentence and hope its provides some closure to the family."
The murder occurred at a Dale Street residence in the afternoon of Aug. 3, 2011, with Morrison and Anderson indicted and arrested just over two years later. Jarrett Hughes, 24, was shot in the back within his mother's home, with Kingsport police investigators citing robbery as the motive.
After shooting Hughes, Morrison and Anderson fled the scene in a vehicle. Police say that when Hughes was killed three additional people were in the residence; his mother — who was sleeping in another room — his girlfriend, and a third individual who has not been publicly identified.
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 Kingsport 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 shooting. She allegedly removed crack cocaine and prescription medication from the scene.
While that case is still pending, according to Tiller, Shaw has since pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in Virginia: conspiracy to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine.
KPD Police Chief David Quillin has previously stated that hundreds of hours of investigation went into the case, with more than five dozens individuals interviewed throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
Quillin also commended Sgt. Frank Light and Det. Randy Murray for their "excellent, good old fashioned" work on the case.
"Our detectives worked diligently on this case for two years, yet I have no doubt that our exhaustive work pales in comparison to what the family of Mr. Hughes was going through waiting for us to break the case," Quillin said on Monday. "The 2013 arrest of the two suspects, Morrison and Anderson, hopefully brought at least some closure to the family of Mr. Hughes. I hope, now that the defendants have pled guilty, there is some additional closure and peace for the family of the victim."