MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Blount County authorities have upgraded charges against a Maryville man in a hostage incident September 18th.
Anthony Todd Ghormley is now charged with attempted first-degree murder.
He had initially been arrested on several charges that included domestic violence.
Karen Vandyke Ghormley and Candy Bussey were able to escape from a house where Ghormley held them, but suffered head injuries, saying Anthony Ghormley beat them with a baseball bat.
Anthony Ghormley held police at bay for nearly eight hours, holding hostage Karen Ghormley's 74-year-old grandmother Gaynell Head.
Ghormley is held in lieu of $1.6 million bond.
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