Man faces two counts of murder after killing of woman, unborn child

By: Jim Freeman
By: Jim Freeman

WARTBURG, Tenn (WVLT) -- A young mother-to-be from Scott County is dead, and a Harriman man charged with killing her and her unborn baby.

It's an investigation with a lot of unanswered questions.

Volunteer TV's Jim Freeman has more.

We're getting answers to lots of questions surrounding this morning's fatal shooting in Morgan County.

Police tell us a radiator was stolen and shots were fired.

25 year old Jessica Hatmaker and her unborn child are dead as the result of a single gunshot wound.

it happened in Bitter Creek area in Oakdale.

Sheriff Dennis Ledbetter outlines what happened.

"A vehicle pulled in there and stole some property there and the vehicle was leaving and shots were fired and a short time later we had a vehicle show up at the ambulatory car center in Wartburg with 2 victims in the vehicle that had been shot."

Police then went to the home of Robert Stoll on US 27.

"He was there. He admitted to firing the shot."

Hatmaker and a passenger Audie Ellis were shot.

Ellis suffered wounds to the leg.

Ledbetter continues, "shots went into the vehicle and into the back seat and struck the driver of the vehicle."

Sheriff Ledbetter says Hatmaker was driving until she collapsed.

Then her boyfriend, Dustin Gunter, put her in the passenger seat and drove on to the ambulatory care center.

That's where things took a turn for the worse.

"She was later pronounced dead. Also she had an 8 month fetus inside her that was also pronounced dead."

Stoll remains in the Morgan County Jail.

"There will be 2 charges of second degree murder and charges are pending against the other person in the vehicle."

Sheriff Ledbetter says there may be further charges placed upon Gunter and Ellis with regard to the stolen radiator.

Bond for Stoll has not been set.

Nor has a court date.


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