2 charged with murder for death of 52-year-old man

2 charged with murder for death of 52-year-old man


ROGERSVILLE (WATE) - Two suspects have been charged with first degree murder after authorities found a man beaten and stabbed to death, according to a press release from the Rogersville Police Department.

Officers were dispatched around 1:20 p.m. on Saturday to Boyd Street Apartments. 

Roger Hawkins, 52, was dead at the scene, and he appeared to have been beaten and stabbed multiple times.

Several items were taken from Hawkins' apartment and were later found at different locations, leading officers to believe robbery was a motive for the crime.

Police arrested Austin Scott Price, 18, and Samuel Wade Hirsch, 22, both of Rogersville, a short time later.  They have been charged with felony first degree murder.

Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Hawkins County District Attorney's office are assisting in the investigation, which is ongoing.

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