Knoxville man indicted in mother's 1986 murder

Knoxville man indicted in mother's 1986 murder

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Billy Ray Hill (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Billy Ray Hill (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville man is charged with first degree murder in his mother's stabbing 25 years after the crime.

Court records show that Billy Ray Hill, 44, of Better Tomorrow Drive, was indicted Tuesday for the premeditated murder of Bobbie Lou Hill.

In September 1986, Bobbie Lou Hill was found beaten and stabbed to death at a home on Palmetto Drive in Cumberland Estates. Her son was 19 at the time.

Bobbie's sister, Joyce Long tells 6 News that Billy was a suspect from the beginning.

"I was in shock then, but the first words out of my mouth was that Billy had done it," Long said.

She says Billy was a troubled teen who had been to drug rehab. Records show Billy Hill has a long criminal history. There were drug and weapon charges before his mother's slaying. After she was killed, the offenses go on for pages including assault and theft.

For years Bobbie's siblings tried to follow leads in the case. They hired a private investigator. Her brother Howard Maples says he even did his own digging.

"My brother and I followed up on anything and everything we heard about," Maples explained.

Knoxville Police say new witness information helped them crack the case.

"I'm sure there a lot of things they found out that I didn't find out," Maples said explaining how he'd like to find out what exactly happened to his sister.

"I prayed and I never gave up hope," Long said, describing her relief.

Hill was booked into the Knox County Jail Friday with a bond set at $500,000.

Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols declined to comment on the case. Investigators plan on releasing more information in this case on Monday.

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