One charged as RPD tries to unravel events surrounding Oct. 6 stabbing

Jeff Bobo • Oct 15, 2016 at 11:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with an altercation that resulted in a stabbing last week in Rogersville.

Ronnie Edward Frost was allegedly found in possession of the pink butterfly knife that Rogersville police believe was used to stab Johnathan James Gilley on the morning of Oct. 6.

Frost, 39, 814 Brummitt St., Rogersville, is not accused of stabbing Gilley, however.

Frost is accused of beating another man, Eric Barnard, with a 2-inch-by-2-inch piece of wood during the same fracas at 434 McMinn St. in Rogersville in which Gilley was stabbed.

That morning, Barnard reportedly went to 434 McMinn St. accompanied by Shannon Trent.

According to police, there were about a half-dozen people at the residence when Barnard and Trent arrived, including Frost and Gilley.

What happened after their arrival is now the subject of an intense Rogersville Police Department investigation.

Police know that Barnard and Trent were badly beaten with 2-by-2 wooden boards.

Barnard reportedly suffered a fracture to the right orbit around his eye, and a board was broken over Trent’s head, leaving a large splinter protruding from her scalp.

After interviewing witnesses, it was determined that Frost had allegedly hit Barnard in the head with a wooden board.

The knife used to stab Gilley allegedly belongs to Trent but was found by police in Frost’s pocket.

Police said an attempt had been made to wipe the knife clean, but Frost is not suspected of stabbing Gilley.

Frost was arraigned Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges of aggravated assault and tampering with evidence.

He was released from the Hawkins County Jail on $7,500 bond and is scheduled to appear back in Sessions Court on Jan. 11, 2017.

Meanwhile. the RPD investigation continues into the events surrounding the stabbing and beatings on Oct. 6 at 434 McMinn St.

Chief Doug Nelson said other arrests are pending.