Tazewell man shot and killed during dispute

Tazewell man shot and killed during dispute

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Larry Hazelett (Source: Claiborne County Sheriff's Office) Larry Hazelett (Source: Claiborne County Sheriff's Office)
"I know Gary didn't do what he was supposed to do," said the victim's mother Bessie Butcher. "I still loved him." "I know Gary didn't do what he was supposed to do," said the victim's mother Bessie Butcher. "I still loved him."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

TAZEWELL (WATE) - A Tazewell man was shot and killed Saturday during a dispute with another man.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tazewell police received several 9-1-1 calls around 8:00 p.m. about an incident on Old Highway 25E in Tazewell at a trucking company.

There officers found Gary Butcher, 56, of Tazewell, with multiple gun shot wounds.

According to investigators, Butcher got into an argument with another man. The man got a gun from his car and shot Butcher. He died at the scene.

Larry Hazelett, 64, of New Tazewell, was charged by the TBI with one count of criminal homicide on Sunday for the crime.

Butcher's mother, 89-year-old Bessie Butcher, says she did not know Hazelett. She says right now she is just trying to process the news of her son's murder.

"I don't know how I felt," said Butcher. "Yesterday I couldn't get things straightened out. I know I was worried about it."

Butcher says Gary's 34-year-old son was present when his father was killed.

She said it has been several years since she last saw her son. She says recently he had been battling several demons.

"He used to do OK, but he had got to drinking and that's what I hated," said Butcher. "He knew I didn't like it."

Butcher says her son's body has been sent to Knoxville for an autopsy, and that they are in currently trying to figure out funeral arraignments.

"I know Gary didn't do what he was supposed to do," said Butcher. "I still loved him."

An employee at the trucking company declined to go on camera, but said neither man worked there.

Hazelett is being held at the Claiborne County Jail without bond. He is scheduled to be in court Tuesday.

The Tazewell Police Department and Claiborne County Sheriff's Office assisted with the investigation.

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