UPDATED: Husband facing charges in wife's death

By: Rob Pratt
By: Rob Pratt

Knoxville (WVLT) - A Knoxville man is in jail, charged with killing his wife by running over her with a car.

Police say it began as an early morning argument at an ATM.

35 year old Carlos Radale Cornwell is charged with second degree murder in the death of 42 year old Leoned Boulanger Cornwell.

Volunteer TV's Rob Pratt has more.

It's not the first time the Cornwells have had a violent encounter.

For the saddest of reasons, it will be the last.

A call of a pedestrian hit by a car leads to murder charges in Knoxville.

Police got the call around 6:30 this morning, from a couple that happened to be driving by the ORNL Credit Union on Magnolia.

Officers arrived to find Leoned Boulanger Cornwell, of Dandridge Avenue, dead in the parking lot.

They took her husband, Carlos Radale Cornwell into custody.

Darrell DeBusk, with KPD says, "we did conduct an interview, and of course, the evidence we recovered from the scene, including the vehicle, is what led us to believe that this was an intentional act and he was charged with second degree murder."

How does a trip to the ATM turn deadly?

DeBusk says, "we do believe that they were in an argument. They had pulled up to the ATM at the credit union, and at that point she exited the vehicle and was walking away, and that's when he backed up and actually ran over the female."

Court records indicate this was not the first time Cornwell has had to answer for a violent encounter with his wife.

He pleaded guilty to domestic assault in December 2006.

He was charged with punching his wife in the eye after an argument over bus fare.

Police say today's incident serves as a reminder of how quickly an argument can turn deadly.

Debusk says, "when you have a situation, an ongoing argument, people can act very quickly, and certainly if they're in a vehicle, they can turn that vehicle into a deadly weapon."

Cornwell remains jailed on $150,000 dollars bond.

When he pleaded guilty to domestic violence back in 2006, the jail sentence was suspended.

Court records indicate he was ordered to undergo counseling and to avoid further trouble with his wife.


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