News Center 22 9/18/17

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WYMT News has learned some new, disturbing details about a triple murder investigation in Whitley County.

On Friday the 911 call was released from the relative who found the bodies of Emogene Bittner, her son Robert Kennedy III and her husband Christopher Bittner Wednesday afternoon.

The call is too upsetting to share, but in it, we learned the mother, Emogene Bittner, was found first with a garbage bag around her head.

The caller also indicated to dispatcher that two people from Indiana may have been involved in the murders.

The Whitley County Sheriff told WYMT his deputies are following up on leads, but there is no new information on the investigation.


Also from WYMT News

A Bell County businessman is facing EBT fraud charges for the second time.

“Through the course of an investigation…the Middlesboro Police Department obtained a criminal complaint warrant for Mr. William Wilcox, the operator of Bill’s Market in Middlesboro and charged him with EBT fraud,” said Sgt. Joe Holder, with the Middlesboro Police Department.

Wilcox was also arrested in 2015 for EBT fraud charges.

In 2015, a grand jury indicted Wilcox on fraud charges involving EBT cards. He was accused of having EBT cards that did not belong to him along with selling cigarettes to a Middlesboro Police informant that paid with an EBT card.

Police said Wilcox’s arrest on Thursday was for the same offenses.

“He had numerous cards in his possession, belonging to other people,” said Holder.

Wilcox’s charges from 2015 are still ongoing in the court system.

“He will have to go through more court appearances on these new charges,” said Holder.

Wilcox is currently in the Bell County Detention Center. He is being held on a $2,500 bond.


6 News reports

A person of interest is in custody Sunday afternoon in a fatal hit-and-run which left a man dead and a woman injured.

The incident occurred on the Gay Street Bridge around 2:52 a.m.

The suspect vehicle was located and a person is being questioned by investigators

Knoxville Police Department said the man and woman got off of their motorcycle and where standing on the side of the road when they were hit by a SUV. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center in serious condition.

The suspect vehicle continued southbound on Gay Street, according to police. Police said the suspect in the hit-and-run is a white female in her 20s.


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Updated: September 17, 2017 — 7:45 PM
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