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KPD: Arrest Made in Stabbing Death

Dec 16, 2014 09:47PM, Published by Diana Bogan, Categories: News Police Beat



Lawrence Coats

Lawrence Coats, 44, was taken into custody Monday and charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Dennis Harold Littlejohn, according to Deputy Chief Gary Holliday of the Knoxville Police Department.

LittleJohn's body was found lying by the road near the intersection of Buffat Mill Road and Brice Street just after 5:30 a.m. Dec. 5, according to police.

Coats lives on Buffat Mill Road only a short distance from where Littlejohn’s body was found, records show.

Holliday said he was unable to provide more details about the case because the investigation is still open.

Coats has been jailed in lieu of $200,000 bond.

Littlejohn’s slaying was the 17th homicide this year in Knoxville, according to KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk. The city normally averages “24-26″ homicides per year, he said.



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