Three Charged in Solway Double Murder

By: Stephen McLamb
By: Stephen McLamb

Solway, Knox County (WVLT) - A family tragedy in Solway, a teenage girl's in juvenile custody, one of three charged in the murder of her father and stepmother. One of the other two is her boyfriend.

Deputies believe 21-year-old Andrew Bryan Mann was the triggerman. He faces two counts of first degree murder, along with his friend, 23-year-old Christopher Gordan Kirkland and 15-year-old Amanda McGhee.

Relatives tell WVLT Mann had been involved in a relationship with Amanda McGhee, and her father Terrence McGhee had talked to him at least once before to discourage it.

But deputies believe that the family had since learned that Amanda was pregnant, and Mann was the father.

And deputies say Friday, Mann shot Terrance McGhee in the head as he slept, then waited for Alisha McGhee to get home and killed her.

"When she arrived at her house around 5 o'clock, Mann forced her on the couch where he told he he was gonna kill her. She was shot twice as she ran for the kitchen to get away from Mr. Mann," Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones says.

All three suspects are charged with two counts of first degree murder. Amanda is due in juvenile court Tuesday.

The pain is still fresh for Barry McGhee. He'll never see his father or his stepmother alive again.

He can't see his sister, she's one of three in custody charged with the killing.

As volunteer TV’s Stephen McLamb reports, family members believe the relationship between the two suspects sparked the violence.

There's no doubt in Barry’s mind that the boyfriend who he knows as Bryan Mann is responsible.

What he can't understand is how his sister, as police tell him, got mixed up in the crime and killed her own flesh and blood, and the only woman who he says has been a true mother to her.

"When he had Amanda, it changed his life,” Barry says.

The very daughter Terry McGhee raised now stands accused with 21-year-old Andrew Bryan Mann and 23-year-old Christopher Gordon Kirkland in killing him and his wife Alisa McGee at their Solway home.

Terry's son, Barry says trouble began when his 15-year-old sister secretly became romantically involved with the 21-year-old.

"We don't know how or where he came from in her life. We just don't know." But Barry says things got worse about a month ago when she ran away with Mann. "She was gone for a week and we were able to track her down and make some phone calls and they got her back."

Barry says his father warned Mann to stay away from his daughter and now his father and stepmother are dead.

He says he doesn't know how it got to this point. "Of letting somebody come in and murder my father and the best mother she's known. I don't understand."

Barry feels his sister was manipulated by Mann, but says he won't stop loving his sister. “She's 15 and things need to be forgiven because I can't grasp that she actually knew that this was going to happen."

Barry says he's attempted to see his sister but wasn't able to. He says he loves her and hopes to see her soon.

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  • by Terry on Jan 19, 2010 at 12:28 PM is a test of endurance and wit... survival is the only goal...
  • by Terry Location: Knoxville on Jan 19, 2010 at 12:22 PM
    I am only satisfied these two are tucked away in a government institution called prison. I cannot forget nor forgive –that is God's business. Let them rot in the tombs of their asylums. America should have never taken prayer out of school. As for me, "honor thy mother and father" I love will you forever dad.
  • by Linda Location: Florida on Nov 6, 2009 at 03:21 PM
    I knew this man, He deserved much better than this. God Bless the two men he raised. When we have Childeren we do not get a instruction book. I do Know how much he loved his boys then and Now I'm sure wonderful Men. Bless you both. & may God look over you both.
  • by Karns High graduate Location: Knoxville on Jul 5, 2007 at 07:40 PM
    I attended school with Andy, knew him personally, spoke to him less than 6 months ago. We weren't friends, but we got along amiably. I remember in my freshman year in high school I sat next to him in a science class, and he was telling me about going deer hunting. I never really understood. He always made me feel uneasy but I never suspected he could kill another person. My condolences to the families involved. I hope for the best for Ms. McGhee's child.
  • by Cindy Location: Knoxville on Jul 5, 2007 at 11:37 AM
    What has happened to our young people to let this get that far? None of these people have any remorse at all ,kill 2 peopek then come and go through the weekend with the bodies in the house no doubt ! NONE of these people deserve to ever see the light of day outside of a hopefully really raunchy,hate filled ,full of the baddest of the bad that will scare the 2 men every single day prison that makes their life so totally miserable that they cry every day and night.Pity to the unborn child too that hopfully one of the girls relatives will be able to raise for her.Parents parent your children ,don't worry about being their best friend,teach them values, put the fear of GOD in them and make there be consequences for their actions. There is way too much of this happening in the world today and it mostly falls back to the parents being too lazy to parent and no father or father figure in boys lives.
  • by julie Location: halls on Jul 3, 2007 at 04:18 PM
    this is a very tragic situation and my prayers go out to all involved i just pray the three in custody that have admitted to such a horrific crime are all charged ,tried, and serve the same amount of jail time even the 15 year old daughter-step daughter
  • by sam Location: knoxville on Jul 3, 2007 at 01:28 PM
    there is no way that this girl was clueless to what was happening to her parents she is just as guilty as the one that pulled the trigger so therefore she serve the same amount of time as the shooter she could have called the plan off long before they implemented on the plan and through other witnesses she was a key player in the plan also if there is justice then if you do or help set up to do the crime then you should also do the time sounds to me like her parents didn't even know this girl could be so manipulative is there money involved through a trust for this girl from her family?
  • by sad in Karns Location: Karns on Jul 3, 2007 at 12:47 PM
    This is a bad situation for all families involved - the victims, the kids and the accused and even the community they live and worked in. I knew Alisa and she was a good person with a good heart and my prayers go out to everyone involved. Maybe if we all just stepped back and quit pointing fingers at one another and paying the blame game, we might take a look at our own lives, hold our kids accountable and quit slapping them on the wrist and how we can be part of the solution and not the problem. Pray for these folks - they are sure going to need those prayers.
  • by kay Location: east knoxville on Jul 3, 2007 at 11:09 AM
    i am in my 30's now but when i was 15 i got mix up with the wrong crowd but never for on second did i ever think about killing my parents. what is wrong with teenagers today. there crazy!!!!!
  • by geta life Location: Powell on Jul 3, 2007 at 04:56 AM
    I would appreciate it if you wouldn't use a death in my family as an opportunity for you to get on your soap box. Not even a sorry to hear it in your rant, how about you get over yourself.
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