Woman's murder puts community on edge

New Market, Jefferson County (WVLT) -- A Jefferson County woman is dead and her boyfriend is behind bars, accused of her murder.

Robert Fletcher Sr., 52 was arrested Sunday morning, around 8:00 AM in Greene County.

Hours after the arrest, yellow crime tape was wrapped around the front of the victims brown brick house at 514 Betty Lou Drive.

Her name has not yet been released, but we have been told she was 44 years old.

Neighbors in the peaceful neighborhood were still trying to cope with the news.

"We heard police sirens at the neighbor’s house and they put crime scene tape up,” said Tracy Edwards, “and you realize something happened."

“It blows your mind what happened,” said Danny Edwards.

The couple lived across the street from the house where the killing occurred.

After the slaying, police hunted for this man Fletcher, finally apprehending him in Limestone.

Most of the neighborhood said the victim was quiet and had two teenagers who lived with her.

“The lady seemed really nice,” said Danny. “The few times she came over, she seemed real nice. We saw her kids pass and they seemed nice to."

The Edwards have two young children of their own, who they worried about while the accused killer was on the loose.

"It makes you do what you can to shield and protect your family,” said Tracy.

Fletcher remains behind bars, but the yellow police tape still stands as a reminder of a neighborhood tragedy.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Attorney Generals office and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are all looking into the case.

Their investigation is on going.


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