Police: North Knoxville victim died after he was put in shed

Police: North Knoxville victim died after he was put in shed

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Kimberly Anne Sutton (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Kimberly Anne Sutton (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Joseph Egan Underwood (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Joseph Egan Underwood (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Police on Monday released the identity of a man whose body was found November 18 in a storage bin at his North Knoxville home. They also say Richard Lucas, 52, of 327 E. Morelia Avenue, was alive when his body was moved there.

Officials say an autopsy found that Lucas died of blunt force trauma.

Two people who are homeless are charged with felony murder in the case: Kimberly Anne Sutton, 36, and Joseph Egan Underwood, 28.

Police say when Sutton was arrested on a probation violation charge on November 18, she told officers Underwood had killed a man and showed them the location.

Underwood beat and stabbed Lucas in his home, bound his hands with tape and helped put him in the storage bin, according to court affidavits.

Those affidavits also say Sutton helped clean the scene. She and Underwood are accused of taking several items including tents, knives, sleeping bags and CDs from Lucas' home.

Police have not released a motive for the killing or said if the trio knew each other.

Underwood is also facing charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and public intoxication. He's being held in the Knox County Jail on bonds totaling $1,010,500.

Sutton is also charged with felony theft, credit card fraud and failure to appear. She's being held on bonds that total $1,010,000.

Sutton's past criminal record includes convictions for: shoplifting, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication and hitchhiking.

Underwood was previously arrested for prostitution.

Richard Lucas also had a criminal record that included convictions for: driving on a suspended license, driving without a license, public intoxication and drug possession.

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