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  1. #1
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    Jul 2004

    TN - Kelly Sellers, 23, tortured & murdered, Sevier County, 22 April 2005

    A convicted sex offender charged with first degree murder in the death of his neighbor appeared in court Monday morning.

    John Wayne Blair, 49, is charged with murdering Kelly Sellers in April on English Mountain. Her body was found in the woods near her home five days after she first turned up missing.

    The Blair sat calmly in court, even making eye contact with Casson-Peterson.

    Casson-Peterson told 6 News she knows in her gut Blair killed her daughter and she knows how he did it.

    "What was told to me was that he took a claw hammer and hit her in the head with it, but she didn't die from that. She bled to death," Casson-Peterson said. "Even after he hit her in the head, he left her there and she bled to death."

    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?

    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

  2. #2
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    Apr 2013
    From March 2007:


    Today in Sevier County a jury deliberated for nearly eight hours in the case of John Wayne Blair. The verdict, guilty of first degree murder, for the tortured killing of his neighbor, 23-year old Kelly Sellers...

    The jury found John Wayne Blair guilty, but did not sentence him to death.
    Book excerpt about the case:


    But aside from the Frog Alley days, major disturbances are, for the most part, not a common thing in Sevier County. It is, above all else, a tourist area where people come by the tens of thousands in hopes of clean mountain air, funnel cakes, and sweet sorghum (it’s like molasses— and sold on just about every roadside in the South). They have their fair share of shoot-’em-ups, meth labs, and the occasional “you-stole-my-woman” bar fights, mind you, but all in all, nothing too terribly violent tends to happen in this county. Rarely, if ever, are there any cases involving murderers who plan their kill and then bury the body. As a matter of fact, in the last twenty-five years, the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office had never had a case involving a buried body. Then, on April 23, 2005, that streak came to an abrupt end...

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