Monroe Co. residents shocked over Saturday stabbing death

Monroe Co. residents shocked over Saturday stabbing death

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The Monroe County Sheriff's Office was called to the area of Lick Creek Road and Gamble Gap Road in Tellico Plains around 6 p.m. Saturday The Monroe County Sheriff's Office was called to the area of Lick Creek Road and Gamble Gap Road in Tellico Plains around 6 p.m. Saturday
"They run around together. I thought they were friends." "They run around together. I thought they were friends."
The sheriff's office says the stabbing happened at a home in the 400 block of Gamble Gap Road The sheriff's office says the stabbing happened at a home in the 400 block of Gamble Gap Road

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

TELLICO PLAINS (WATE) - A Monroe County man is dead following a stabbing Saturday night.

Authorities say his friend is now charged with the murder.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office was called to the area of Lick Creek Road and Gamble Gap Road in Tellico Plains around 6 p.m. Saturday.

That's where they found Claude Torbett, 45, with a stab wound.

He was taken to a local hospital, but responders were unable to revive him.

The sheriff's office says the stabbing happened at a home in the 400 block of Gamble Gap Road, just a short distance from the location where Torbett's body was discovered.

Deputies arrested William Winkler Jr., 48, at the home just a short time after finding Torbett's body.

A witness told them Winkler was the one who had stabbed him.

Authorities say the two men were acquaintances.

The death has left the entire neighborhood reeling.

Darrell Atkins lives next door and says he knew both men.

"It's scary. Real scary," said Atkins. "They run around together. I thought they were friends."

Although Atkins says he's seen deputies and heard disturbances coming from the house a few times in the past, he says it's extremely shocking that things escalated to this level.

"The whole neighborhood is pretty well shocked. They were talking about it at the store this morning," said Atkins. "You never know what's going to happen around your neighborhood."

It's a deadly crime that has everyone who lives around there shaken up.

"You never know. I mean I got grandkids and kids here and we leave early to go to work. You never know if somebody's out here and could do something to somebody," said Atkins. "It's sad. Going to take a few days to get over it around here."

Winkler is charged with second degree murder.

He is currently being housed in the Monroe County Jail. Bond has not been set at this time.

The investigation into the exact events that led to the stabbing is ongoing.

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