KCSO: Knox County man arrested for killing brother

KCSO: Knox County man arrested for killing brother

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Steven Wayne Brooks (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Steven Wayne Brooks (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
"It's shocking because it's that close," said Joe Martin of Knoxville, who lives across the street. "It's shocking because it's that close," said Joe Martin of Knoxville, who lives across the street.
Deputies say 27-year-old Steven Wayne Brooks and his 33-year-old brother Bobby Allen Johnson, who both lived at the home with other family members, had been in a fight around 2:30 a.m. Deputies say 27-year-old Steven Wayne Brooks and his 33-year-old brother Bobby Allen Johnson, who both lived at the home with other family members, had been in a fight around 2:30 a.m.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A fight between two North Knox County brothers ends with one of them dead, the other charged with his murder.

Knox County Sheriff's deputies say it happened during a dispute between the two early Saturday morning at a home in the 7200 block of Meadowbrook Circle.

Deputies say 27-year-old Steven Wayne Brooks and his 33-year-old brother Bobby Allen Johnson, who both lived at the home with other family members, had been in a fight around 2:30 a.m.

After the altercation ended, Brooks left the house.

That's when authorities say Johnson's fiancée and another family member found him on lying on the front porch, surrounded by a pool of blood.

Johnson was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Brooks returned to the house while deputies were still on the scene and was arrested without incident.

Neighbors along the quiet street say they're in disbelief.

"It's shocking because it's that close," said Joe Martin of Knoxville, who lives across the street.

It's especially shocking for people like Diana Kinley, who has been this family's next door neighbor for nearly 15 years.

"I don't know what to say. I am just so sad over this whole thing," said Kinley of Knoxville.

She found out when the brothers' grandmother, who Kinley says also lives at the house, called her shortly after it happened and told her the news.

"It just broke my heart because I've known these boys since they were small and watched them grow up," said Kinley.

She says it has to have been an accident, a disagreement that just got out of hand.

"I just feel empty. It's just a senseless, senseless tragedy," said Kinley.

Brooks is charged with second degree murder in his brother's death.

He is currently being held in the Knox County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility on $150,000 bond.

Deputies have not said exactly how Johnson was killed. 

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