A Blount County grand jury on Monday, Dec. 2, indicted 19-year-old Johnathon Alex Sellers on a first-degree murder charge in his mother’s death.
Sellers also faces two counts of committing murder during a felony, one count of especially aggravated robbery and one of theft of property over $2,500.
He is accused of shooting Kelly Marie Brackin eight times with a shotgun in their apartment on Cherry Street in Alcoa in the early hours of March 1 before fleeing in her car.
During his preliminary hearing in April, Sevierville Police officers who stopped the car with a spike strip described Sellers as suicidal, and one testified that the teen said, “Demons told me to do it, to shoot my mother.”
The first-degree murder charge alleges the killing of Brackin was premeditated. One felony murder charge is related to her being killed during a robbery and the second because it was allegedly during a theft.
The especially aggravated robbery charge relates to the alleged use of a deadly weapon in taking Brackin’s 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, and the theft charge also is related to taking the car.
Sellers has been held in the Blount County jail on $1 million bond.
nine sex offender charges
The grand jury indicted Ronald Grant Spires, 45, Gravely Hills Road, Louisville, on eight counts of violating the sex offender registry and one of perjury, for allegedly making a false statement on a registry form.
Spires, who was convicted in 2010 of solicitation to commit exploitation of a minor by electronic means, is now accused of failing to disclose a Facebook account and three email addresses in a timely manner.
Since he had pleaded guilty in 2017 to three counts of violating the registry, each of those counts is accompanied by one for a “third or subsequent offense” of violating the sex offender registry.
The grand jurors also indicted Jennifer Ann Stephens, 38, Webster Court, Maryville, on one count of theft related to thousands of dollars worth of lottery tickets allegedly taken in March 2018 from the EZ Stop, 2128 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville.