Judge: Teen Murder Suspect to be Held in Custody

By: Jim Freeman
By: Jim Freeman

Knoxville (WVLT) -

Knox County Deputies say 21-year-old Andrew Bryan Mann is the triggerman.

He faces two counts of first degree murder, as does his friend, 23-year-old Christopher Gordan Kirkland.

Deputies say Kirkland knew about the crimes, but did nothing.

Deputies believe Mann shot 60-year-old Terrance McGhee last Friday, then returned to the home, waited for McGhee’s wife and killed her.

The third suspect in the murders, 15-year-old Amanda McGhee, is Terrance's daughter.

Just moments ago, McGhee appeared for the first time in juvenile court.

As 15-year old Amanda McGhee entered the courtroom, she looked as if the weight of the world was on her shoulders.

And it may well be.

Young McGhee is one in a trio charged with the murder of her father Terry Mcghee and her step-mother Alisha McGhee at their Solway home on Friday.

McGhee sniffled and sobbed as Judge Irwin read the first degree murder charges.

The judge said that due to the serious nature of the charges and lack of a custodian, Amanda McGhee will continue to be housed at the Richard L. Bean Juvenile Service Center until trial.

A court appointed attorney will be provided but it is yet to be confirmed on just who will represent Amanda McGhee.

McGhee, who is pregnant with Mann’s child, is scheduled for a physical exam Wednesday.

Tonight at 5:30, more on her court appearance today.

Plus, we've learned more about the background of one of the suspects.

And we'll talk a little about what help there is out there in East Tennessee for young women in a similar position to Amanda.


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  • by MR.RHYTHM on Nov 23, 2009 at 06:43 PM
    i knew all three of them Ive got pics with them in my room still today. Andy was a good close friend and so was Chris i just wish i could locate Chris to see him and know hes still around. gotta hate that protective custody but i understand why cause well i am a cop just for the Airforce now lol
  • by Abigiail Location: Knoxville on Jul 20, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    what school did she go to?
  • by heaven Location: karnes on Jun 25, 2009 at 11:03 PM
    that was rong of her to do that she will never get them back i hope she has found god now because she will live in regreat 4 the rest of her life i hope she is happy 4 wat she done
  • by Ashley Location: Knoxville on Jul 5, 2007 at 11:48 AM
    Hellooo ,This teenage girl has ruined her life and everyone who ever cared for her.How sorry I am for her family,I hope they will be able to raise her unborn child for her.However... let's not forget that she sat in that house with her worthless murdering boyfriend and her dead parents were in the next room ! They came and went to the store then came back every time to the house with her dead parents there,she could have easily called or told someone at the store to call 911 ,what did she think was going to happen ?? Evil is evil and these 3 people are just that ,sorry, sorry, sorry .
  • by APRIL on Jul 4, 2007 at 12:44 AM
    I know Amanda McGhee and I just want to know if I can talk to her or write her a letter! It can be supervised I just want to know she is ok.... It may be weird I know but in my heart I just HAVE to hear from her....
  • by Erica Location: Knoxville on Jul 3, 2007 at 05:40 PM
    I was a friend of Christopher Kirkland. Im in shock that he would do something like this. He didnt seem like the kind of person. Neither did andrew.
  • by William Location: Karns on Jul 3, 2007 at 04:35 PM
    I knew Amanda Mcghee in 8th Grade. She doesn't seem like the kind of person who would do that. I think that if she did know of it, she could of been threatened if she told some one. I hear stories of that sometimes. Like she would be killed to or something. That's my opionion.

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