Murder suspect in deadly East Knox County home invasion identified

By: WVLT staff
By: WVLT staff
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Police have arrested Jeffery Willard Wooten, 49, for a break-in, carjacking and murder.

Wooten is charged with first degree murder with no bond and two counts of aggravated robbery for a combined bond of $100,000.

His criminal history includes resisting, simple possession, armed robbery, burglary, flight/escape, weapon offense, and stolen vehicle.

He is also wanted for armed robbery and aggravated assault out of Norcross, Georgia for robbing a Waffle House with a pitchfork.


Previous Story:
A suspect in a home invasion and murder in East Knox County is in custody following a short chase that ended on Lovell Road.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office responded to a home on Hunters Ridge Way around noon Friday after a woman called 911 to say she'd been carjacked and her brother had been shot.

Her brother has been identified as 44-year-old Randy Lands.

When the women pulled into Lands' driveway, they appear to have interrupted a burglary. They tell deputies a man came out, pulled a gun, and took off in their car.

The women went into the house and found Lands inside, shot to death.

His mother was taken to UT Medical Center after experiencing chest pains.

The suspect was seen driving West on Interstate 40 when he exited at Lovell Road. Law enforcement was able to get the suspect off the road by doing what is called a P.I.T. maneuver.

The suspect came to a stop in the backyard of Ed Meyer's home after hitting a tree head-on.

"I heard a lot of sirens, and then a big bang in my backyard and I went to the back porch and there was probably a hundred cops back there pulling a guy out of a car," Meyer said.

The suspect was taken away in an ambulance.


Original Story:
The Knox County Sheriff's Department is searching for the man who shot and killed an East Knox County man, then carjacked his sister and mother at a home on Hunter's Ridge Way.

The man has been identified as 44-year-old Randy Lands.

Authorities say Land's mother and sister pulled up and found a burglary in progress. A man came out of the home, pulled a gun on the women, then took off in their car.

The women then entered the home and found Lands shot to death. His mother was taken to UT Medical Center after experiencing chest pains.

The suspect is described as a white man in his mid-40's. He is thin and was wearing dirty, dark pants. He may be driving a black 2013 Ford Edge with Michigan tag # BBW 5848. There are butterflies surrounding the license plate.

Investigators towed a blue van from the scene. They do not know if it belongs to the suspect or if it was stolen.

Carter High School was put on lockdown briefly as a precaution.

We'll continue to follow this story on air and on local8now.com.


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