Half-naked woman claims she escaped from trunk, couple arrested

SEVIER Co., Tenn. (WVLT) -- A half-naked woman ran into a market in Sevier Co. on Sunday, telling the clerk she just escaped from the trunk of a car, according to the Sevier Co. Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said the woman showed up at the Floyd's Market on Chapman Hwy. around 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. She described the vehicle in which she had been tied up to an employee who the called 911.

The victim told Sheriffs Deputies that she had been held against her will at a home on Hawk Lane in Seymour by couple she knew from when she worked at a carnival in Georgia.

She claimed she arrived in Tennessee a few days ago to stay with a co-worker at the home, 1410 Hawk Lane.

The victim said her host, Angelina Christina Payne, and Payne's boyfriend tied her to a bar railing in the home and left her there all night on Saturday. The couple allegedly threatened to kill her over a dispute with Payne's boyfriend, William Daugherty, 225 Kyker Ferry Rd.

The next day, the couple put her in the trunk of the car where the victim said she was able to get her hands free and open the trunk using the emergency trunk release.

Emergency crews took her to Leconte Medical Center where she was treated for minor injuries.

Authorities found Payne and Daugherty at Payne's home that night and arrested both of them without incident. They were charged with Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault.

Payne is being held on $250,000 bond and Daugherty, who also had an outstanding Circuit Court capias for non-support, is being held on a $350,000.00 bond.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Sevier County Sheriffs Office Criminal Investigation Division at 428-1899.


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  • by BILL Location: Sevierville on Jul 30, 2011 at 09:44 PM
    It is my understanding she has a court appointed attorney...and a very good one! So why sell the house? You might be surprised..Angelina may not even know....Better do some investigating.......
  • by Kyle Williams Location: Sevierville on Jun 23, 2011 at 06:52 AM
    It's sad that this is my mother in-law. My wife,(Angelina's daughter) and my two year old daughter are having to move out of our home at 1501 Denton Rd. because Angelina's husband, not the man she moved in to her husbands home and committed the crimes with is selling to get a really good attorney for Angelina. My wife is having to quit school and we wont have a home to live in because of her actions. This is not fair and should be advertised accordingly to the community that she might get a few years cut off at the expense of my family. The property being sold was the home to my wife and her great grandmother for more than ten years. Now it's being thrown away for the sake of someones mistake. Mary Proffit would not have wanted it to be like this for my wife. She took care of Kahla( my wife) for ten years because her mother could not provide a stable environment for her. Mary took Kahla in and gave her the home she needed. Such a shame everything she worked for will go to waste.

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