Man who shot, killed home invader identified; police ID slain teen suspect

By: Stephen McLamb, Ashley Whittle & Michael Grider Email
By: Stephen McLamb, Ashley Whittle & Michael Grider Email
The home is a rental property owned by Knoxville City Councilman Steve Hall. Hall confirms to Volunteer TV News that he rents the house to Richard A. Naleway.

Arsenio Wooten, 17

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Knoxville Police will leave it up to the District Attorney General to determine is charges will be filed in connection with a fatal home invasion early Wednesday morning.

Arsenio Wooten, 17, is dead.

Police say he was shot as he tried to enter a south Knoxville home.

The person living in the home, identified by friends as Richard Allen Naleway fired the shots.

Neighbors weren't surprised.

Many are suspicious of extra-curricular activities at Naleway's home.

Naleway, for his part, says he never expected something like this would happen to him.

"We figured it was going to happen sooner or later and it did.," says neighbor Glen Loveday

Loveday spent much of Wednesday morning watching police come and go at his neighbor's house on Carls Lane in South Knoxville.

He's not sure what happened, but he's suspicious.

"I'd say they're going to find guns and if they didn't get rid of their drugs they'll find drugs," says Loveday.

Around 5:30 am, the home became a crime scene.

KPD Spokesman Darrell DeBusk says the man who lived there, identified by neighbors as Richard Allen Naleway, grabbed a gun before he answered a knock at his door.

"As he was opening the door, two males tried to push their way in. He fired off at least two rounds. The suspects fired one round," says DeBusk.

Police went to a local hospital after getting a call a gunshot victim was on their way but they never arrived. Instead, 17 year old Arsenio Wooten of Knoxville was found on the property.

"As it began to get daylight this morning, that's when the body of one of the individuals was found lying in a gully along the driveway," says DeBusk.

The second suspect still hasn't been found.

Naleway, and his wife spent much of the day answering questions from police which crime scene technicians and investigators searched his home and processed evidence.

Loveday says there have been numerous parties at the home in the past and feels maybe this incident may actually help things on Carl's Lane.

"We can't have a nice neighborhood with all this mess going on and the policemen can't do anything about it," says Loveday.

Naleway rented the home from Knoxville City Councilman Steve Hall.

Hall says he's lived there for several years.

Meanwhile, police are continuing to search for the second suspect who they admit, may have also been shot.

But they have no word on his identity.

If you can help police at the KPD tipline at 215-7212.

Again, the da will determine if charges will be filed against Naleway or the other suspect if he's found.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A South Knoxville resident killed a 17-year-old boy and possibly wounded another suspect when he shot them during an early morning home invasion Wednesday, according to Knoxville Police.

Police say it happened just before 5:30 Wednesday morning at 814 Carls Lane.

The home is a rental property owned by Knoxville City Councilman Steve Hall. Hall confirms to Volunteer TV News that he rents the house to Richard A. Naleway. Knoxville Police have refused to say for sure whether Naleway was the person inside the home who fired the shots at the home invasion suspects, but Naleway told Volunteer TV's Stephen McLamb that "It's been a long day. It's something I never thought would happen to me." He declined further comment.

The slain burglar has been identified as Arsenio Wooten of Knoxville.

Naleway told police that two black men knocked on his door and then attempted to force their way into the home once the door was opened.

Naleway then shot at the intruders. They fired back and then fled the scene.

Police were called back to the scene just before 7:00 by the resident. He told police that the body of one of the intruders was laying in his driveway. Wooten was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police are also searching for the second male suspect involved in the attempted home invasion, they say he could have been shot as well.

Investigators searched the Carls Lane home around 1 p.m. Wednesday and cleared the scene around 2 p.m.

It's not clear whether Naleway will face charges in the case. Police say it's up to the Knox County District Attorney.

A check of Naleway's criminal history shows that he has no convictions or charges in Knox County.

If you have any information that could help identify either man please call the KPD Tip Line at (865) 215-7212.

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  • by bryttney on Feb 24, 2012 at 01:48 AM
    People are stupid and inconsiderate for saying the things they did about arsenio... i love u best friend gone but nt forgotten! Ever!
  • by jennee on Feb 4, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    i love and miss arsenio wooten soo f yall who has somthin ta say about i love yu soo much and yu are missed believe me when i say that i will see yu again some day love yu
  • by trey-trey Location: 865 on Sep 29, 2009 at 06:05 PM
    man senio i just want you to no that i love and miss you so much and no matta what you will always be in my hopes prayers and sometimes i think to myself i just cant believe that all our special memories are just there thats all i have to member you of. you are missed and loved but never forgetton...and to the people that doesn't know him he was very outgoin,down to earth,loving,caring,special....he is one of the most wonderful people to be around he will put a smile on your face but no matter what everybody makes mistakes you just have to learn from them,but god was just ready for his child to come home!! senio i love and miss you
  • by brit Location: tennessee on Sep 16, 2009 at 01:07 PM
    arsenio was the best.they have no right to say that about him,they did not know him,he was a good person...he made the wrong choose.and i believe he was presured into doing arsenio
  • by NiNi Location: Knoxville on Aug 21, 2009 at 02:01 PM
    That is very RUDEE how some people can say that about him. Yeah he was wrong fore trying to brake in that man house, but NOBODY deserves to die; espically how he died! && fore the ones that don't know him, Arsenio was not a bad person. He was respectful & nice to every he know && DON'T know!!! we miss & love this dude, and my deepest thoughts go out to his brothers & mama.
  • by wendy Location: knoxville on Aug 8, 2009 at 07:41 PM
    someone enters my home uninvited they WILL leave with two things...a bullet and a body bag!
  • by John Location: Knox on Aug 8, 2009 at 11:14 AM
    It sure was nice of the family to provide the media with a photo of their lost loved one, especially with him flashing gang signs. Does anyone really have to wonder what kind of kid he was after seeing the picture and hearing what happened to end his life?
  • by Liz Location: knox on Aug 7, 2009 at 02:12 PM
    It doesn't matter what was going on in the mans house,the two men tried to break in while armed,they left all their rights behind when they decided to do this.If you show up in the worst part of town armed the people there have the right to defend themselves as well.The two men made the decision to commit a crime-quit trying to blame the homeowner.
  • by His Best Friend Cherrish Location: everywhere on Aug 7, 2009 at 11:42 AM
    Look Arsenio was my best friend, he is...well was, a great person. A mess and often in trouble but no less a good person. now he was wrong and the homeowner had the right to defend his home but before people judge what kind of person Senio was i wish they would have actually known him. He never turned his back on anyone who always had his. He was foolish but didnt deserve to die. He was like a brother to me and my heart goes out to his mom,2 brothers,sister, neices and nephews.
  • by elizabeth Location: knoxville on Aug 7, 2009 at 12:10 AM
    I'm sadden to hear of anyone dying from anything, but you have to look at this from both sides, number one what has been going on in Mr.Naleway's home for these two young men to even think about going there? Number 2 why wasn't these young men at home and where where their parents? If you listened to the news you would have heard the neighbor say that there was always something going on at that house, so something made these young men interested in going there, maybe they have been there before, I'm quite sure the truth will come out.
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