An 18-year-old Maryville man was charged Saturday with criminal homicide in the death of his mother, found shot in her Alcoa apartment early Friday.
Johnathon Sellers, Doll Avenue, Maryville, is being held in lieu of $1 million bond pending a 1:30 p.m. hearing Monday in Blount County General Sessions Court.
Kelly M. Brackin, 52, was found dead inside her apartment at 862 Cherry St. by Alcoa Police officers shortly after 4:30 a.m. Friday.
An autopsy Saturday positively identified Brackin and confirmed that she died as the result of multiple gunshot wounds, according to a news release from the Alcoa Police Department.
“After a thorough investigation, I am thankful to announce the individual responsible for Brackin’s death has been charged,” Alcoa Chief David Carswell said in the release. “On behalf of the Alcoa Police Department, our thoughts and prayers remain with the family.”
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Alcoa officers went to Brackin’s residence to check on her after Sellers was arrested in Sevier County.
Pigeon Forge Police officers had attempted to stop him shortly before 4 a.m. Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Sellers led police on a chase into Gatlinburg, and then back to Pigeon Forge and finally to the Sevierville city limits, where a spike strip deployed by Sevierville police disabled his vehicle.
The teen held a shotgun as he exited the vehicle and three Pigeon Forge officers opened fire, the TBI said in a news release about its investigation into the officer-involved shooting. No officers were injured.
Sellers was treated at the University of Tennessee Medical Center before being released to the Blount County Detention Facility.
The Alcoa Police officers who were dispatched to check on Brackin found her dead in the bedroom of her apartment.
According to the Alcoa Police incident report, which is readable despite redactions, Pigeon Forge officers reported that Sellers said he shot his mother at the apartment.
An Alcoa Police officer reported smelling the odor of gun smoke when entering the apartment after no one responded to a knock on the screen door.
“As I looked inside the apartment from the front porch I could see blood splatter (cq) in the back bedroom with approximately four spent shotgun shells in the floor,” the report states.