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Morgan County man charged with murder, arson

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WATE) - A Morgan County man was indicted Tuesday on murder and arson charges in connection with the death of a Fentress County woman.

In December 2017, the body of Melissa L. Durham was found inside a burning home on Maynard Drive in Grimsley. According to the TBI, during the investigation, agents were led to Johnathan Donavan Smith, 47. Investigators say Smith was responsible for her death and started the fire at the residence.

Smith, who was already in jail on unrelated charges, is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated arson.


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