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Two charged in deaths of four people in McMinn Co. make first appearance in court

The 10-month-old is expected to be released to the Department of Child Services.
Published: Sep. 25, 2021 at 6:38 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 25, 2021 at 7:49 PM EDT
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MCMINN COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Four people are dead after a homicide in McMinn County, according to a release from the McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy.

Deputies were called to a home on County Road 60 just west of Riceville around 9 a.m. September 25, for a report that multiple people had been injured in a shooting, according to the release. Deputies said when they arrived they found three women and one man dead from gunshot wounds.

The suspects in the incident were identified by deputies as 38-year-old Curtis D. Smith of Etowah, and 27-year-old Jazzmine Hall of Athens. The release also identified the four victims as 36-year-old Trevon Hall, 24-year-old Skylar Hawn, 40-year-old Jesse Dupree, and 39-year-old Brandi Harris.

“It appears that there were initially six people present at the residence,” said Sheriff Guy. “When a male suspect and a female suspect arrived after 8:00 a.m. there was some kind of dispute that took place between the female suspect and the male victim over a 10-month-old whom they are the parents of. At some point, the dispute turned violent and the four victims were shot”. Court records show that one witness escaped through a window and the other pretended to be dead after one of the suspects shot at them. A witness told police that Hall and Smith then took the child and left the scene.

Court records show that in an interview later a witness told officers that they were inside the home with Tremon Hall, when they heard a load shot. The witness then told officers that in the door open they saw Jazzmine Hall with a gun. The witness told investigators that when Jazzmine Hall saw that Tremon Hall had a small baby, she took it from him. The witness then told officers that Jazzmine Hall then shot Tremon Hall, and then handed the gun to Curtis Smith and telling him to “finish them off”. The witness said in the statement to officers that Curtis Smith began shooting everybody in the residence.

The suspects were later taken into custody, officials said, at a home in Polk County. The 10-month-old was expected to be released to the Department of Children’s Services.

“This has been a challenging day for our community, and our prayers continue to be with the families of the victims of this terrible incident,” said Sheriff Guy.

Smith and Hall were arraigned in McMinn County Court on Monday morning for four counts of Felony Murder.

The investigation is ongoing.

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