Louisville man accused of dog killing jailed again
From Staff Reports
A Louisville man accused of stalking a neighbor and killing her dog last week has been arrested and jailed on another related charge.
Fred Lee Wright, 62, of Cub Drive, was arrested Wednesday by Blount County Sheriff’s Office deputies at University of Tennessee Medical Center and charged with violating an order of protection.
He was being held in lieu of $25,000 bond and had an initial hearing scheduled Thursday in Blount County General Sessions Court. He was still being held in the Blount County Jail Thursday night.
The new charge for violating the order of protection was paired with the two earlier charges of stalking and intentionally killing an animal. The dog Wright allegedly killed belonged to his neighbor, Diane Stephens, whom he is also accused of stalking.
The order of protection was issued last week after the initial incident. Wright is scheduled to appear in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. Sept. 26 on all three charges in the courtroom of Judge Robert L. Headrick.
Blount County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Marian O’Briant said a report in connection with the violation charge was not immediately available Thursday. But according to call records from the Blount County E-911 Communications Center, Stephens called police Sunday afternoon to report that Wright was on her property videotaping her.
Authorities were then called back Monday evening after a woman identified in the call record as Karen Wright, whose address is the same as Fred Wright’s, called and reported that Stephens was taking pictures of her while she was out in her yard.
Blount County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to Stephens’ Cub Drive residence shortly after 8 a.m. last Tuesday to a report of a disturbance between her and Fred Wright, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.
Stephens told the responding deputy that she was trying to leave for work when Fred Wright stood in her driveway and wouldn’t allow her to leave. Stephens said Wright allowed her to leave after she called police.
Stephens told police she’s had ongoing issues with Fred Wright, authorities said.
According to E-911 records, Fred Wright and Stephens have called authorities several times on one another. Fred Wright called in February 2011 to report that Stephens’ dog was constantly barking. Stephens called in May 2011 to report that Fred Wright had a pistol out and was threatening to shoot her dog. Wright told authorities that he never pointed the gun at anyone or anything, saying he only showed the weapon and threatened to kill Stephens’ dogs if he saw them out again in the future.
Stephens called again in August 2012 to report that Fred Wright had threatened her while she was leaving her residence.
Additional calls were made by other individuals, identified as Kay Wright and Haley Taylor at Fred Wright’s residence, claiming ongoing problems with Stephens’ cat.