Union County man shot, killed; Knox Co. SSO charged

Union County man shot, killed; Knox County school security officer charged

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The body of Michael Adam Woodby, 45, was found around 10 p.m. on the side of Highway 370 between Ailor Gap Road and Highway 61. The body of Michael Adam Woodby, 45, was found around 10 p.m. on the side of Highway 370 between Ailor Gap Road and Highway 61.
School Security Officer Kevin Waggoner (source: Knox County Schools) School Security Officer Kevin Waggoner (source: Knox County Schools)
Michael Woodby (source: family photo) Michael Woodby (source: family photo)
In a video submitted to 6 News, a man Kevin Waggoner claims is Michael Woodby is seen throwing a rock at Waggoner's property. (source: Kevin Waggoner) In a video submitted to 6 News, a man Kevin Waggoner claims is Michael Woodby is seen throwing a rock at Waggoner's property. (source: Kevin Waggoner)
Woodby's family had placed signs on their home saying "I'm not bothering you" and "Leave me alone." Woodby's family had placed signs on their home saying "I'm not bothering you" and "Leave me alone."

LUTTRELL (WATE) - A Union County man was shot and killed during an argument Monday night along the side of a highway. The man charged in the murder is a school security officer with Knox County Schools.

The body of Michael Adam Woodby, 45, was found around 10 p.m. on the side of Highway 370 between Ailor Gap Road and Highway 61.

Investigators say the shooting took place during a fight between Woodby and two other men who were walking along the road.

One of the men, Kevin Lee Waggoner, 42, was charged with criminal homicide Tuesday morning, according to Assistant District Attorney Tracy Jenkins.

Knox County Schools spokesperson Melissa Ogden says Waggoner works as a school security officer with the system. He has been placed on administrative leave without pay. Ogden declined to say to which school he was assigned.

The Union County Sheriff's Office and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation say their investigation is continuing.

Woodby's body has been sent to UT Forensics for an autopsy.

Waggoner is being held in the Union County Jail on $250,000 bond.

A history of conflict between neighbors

Woodby and Waggoner, who were neighbors, have an apparent history of conflict.

In a letter sent to 6 News and other media outlets last week and received Monday, Waggoner asks for help with what he says are false claims against him by the Woodby family, which resulted in the filing of several orders of protection against Waggoner, his wife and his son.


Read the letter sent to 6 News and other media outlets


In the orders of protection, copies of which were attached to the letter, the Woodbys claim the Waggoners shot at their house, trespassed on their property, and shot at the Woodbys' child and dog.

Waggoner said he also collected video evidence of the Woodbys threatening to shoot Waggoner or throwing rocks at his mailbox.

Waggoner claims officials were not willing to help him, telling him, "It's just neighbors being neighbors."

Waggoner also claims Union County Sheriff's Office officials threatened to arrest him if he took any more video of the Woodbys.

ADA Tracy Jenkins says the DVD and documents only show one side of the story, and that the Woodbys had video cameras as well.

She says she has taken evidence to a grand jury on three separate occasions. The grand jury declined each time.

Jenkins filed action in June 2012 against Michael Woodby for filing a false report and criminal trespassing, and against Kevin and Kolton Waggoner for stalking. No action was taken on either case.

Another case was filed in January 2013 against Michael Woodby for assault and disorderly conduct, but again, no action was taken.

Woodby's family had placed signs on their home saying "I'm not bothering you" and "Leave me alone."

They describe Woodby as a generous and supportive father.

"My dad isn't coming back and my son has to go through this. My dad raised my son and he loves him a lot and its just not fair," said Sarah Eichner, Woodby's daughter.

Waggoner's family would not comment on camera, but simply say he is innocent.

The victim's wife speaks out

"My husband was the biggest teddy bear. You can ask anybody, except for the Waggoners," said Theresa Woodby, the wife of the man shot and killed.

Clutching the photo of her husband, Theresa said the three-year feud began after her husband had a heart attack and asked the Waggoner's to stop shooting off their guns. She said she never imagined the tension would lead to this.

"I thought they were bullies, people who run their mouths and bully people, I didn't think they would do anything like that, but they did," she said.

The Douglas family down the street says the feud is well known in the neighborhood, but they believe it was also because of the Waggoners.

"The only time I ever saw Michael in anger was over something the Waggoner's had done to him," explained Bridgett Douglas, who describes herself as a friend to the Woodbys. "The biggest issue was because they were always shooting off guns, on an every day basis."

Monday night was no different.

"[Michael] took a walk and he started down that way and the next thing I hear was 'pop-pop-pop' and I didn't pay no mind because you hear that every day of the week over there," Theresa, explained of the moments leading up to the shooting.

She says she soon realized something was wrong when police cars showed up.

"Now he's dead. He was a good guy," she said while fighting back tears.

Theresa says she understands there have been problems and says the video does show many of the confrontations. But she said it only shows what they were doing, not the Waggoners.

"We may have snapped a few times but who wouldn't if you were tortured for two years and harassed?" she said.

Theresa Woodby says funeral arraignments for her husband are still pending.

6 News reporters LAURA HALM and ALEXIS ZOTOS contributed to this report.

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