Kentucky man charged in Cumberland Gap store owner's murder

Kentucky man charged in Cumberland Gap store owner's murder

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Donnie Smith (source: Claiborne County Sheriff's Office) Donnie Smith (source: Claiborne County Sheriff's Office)
Harvey Fuson (source: Claiborne County Sheriff's Office) Harvey Fuson (source: Claiborne County Sheriff's Office)

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

TAZEWELL (WATE) - A Kentucky man is charged with the murder of Cumberland Gap store owner Harvey Fuson.

Donnie Smith, 33, of Middlesboro, Kentucky, was arrested and charged with first degree murder.

Fuson had received several blows to the head when his wife found his body on January 25 in the Old Drug Store and Antiques, a former pharmacy.

Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray says a grand jury indicted Smith on Wednesday. He lived a few miles from Fuson and the two men knew each other.

The sheriff says investigators have quite a bit of evidence in the case.

Smith is being held in the Claiborne County Jail on a $1 million bond. He's scheduled for a court hearing on April 18.

Agencies including the Claiborne County Sheriff's Office, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, the National Park Service, the district attorney general's office and the Eighth Judicial Drug Task Force have worked in this investigation.

The sheriff says Fuson's wife, children and grandchildren are pleased to see an arrest.

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