Suspects caught in Cocke County triple homicide

Suspects caught in Cocke County triple homicide

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Adam Lawton Edwards (source: Haywood County Sheriff's Office) Adam Lawton Edwards (source: Haywood County Sheriff's Office)
Marsha Gail Shelton (source: Haywood County Sheriff's Office) Marsha Gail Shelton (source: Haywood County Sheriff's Office)

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

NEWPORT (WATE) - A man and woman suspected in a triple homicide and mobile home fire in Cocke County were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon.

Adam Lawton Edwards, 43, and Marsha Gail Shelton, 29, were caught in the Cherokee National Forest.

Cocke County Sheriff Armondo Fontes rode in a Knox County Sheriff's Office helicopter and pointed out where the suspects were thought to be hiding in a wooded area.

The pair fled that area and officers pursued them just over the state line into North Carolina and took them into custody. The area is near the Fines Creek exit off Interstate 40.

The three people found dead in the fire on Saturday are believed to be: Terri Henderson, her boyfriend Sherman Ellison, and their two-year-old son, Riley. The three lived in the home

The cause of death hasn't yet been released, pending the results of autopsies on the bodies.

Edwards was a neighbor of the victims at one time, according to the Cocke County Sheriff's Office.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service and authorities in Arizona, North Carolina and Florida also helped with the search for the suspects.

Edwards and Shelton both have criminal histories including drug and theft charges, and Edwards was released from prison last year. They were both wanted on warrants for violations of probation.

Shelton waived her right to extradition so officers will bring her back to Cocke County.

Edwards will go through due process because he hasn't waived extradition.

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