Man charged with 2012 Smokies stabbing, sexual assault

Man charged with 2012 Smokies stabbing, sexual assault

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A composite sketch of the suspect released shortly after the assault. (source: National Park Service) A composite sketch of the suspect released shortly after the assault. (source: National Park Service)
William E. Seevers (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) William E. Seevers (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A federal grand jury has indicted a man in connection with a sexual assault and stabbing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in June 2012.

William E. Seevers, 48, is charged with one count of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse by force.

Seevers appeared in court Thursday, pleading not guilty.

Seevers is accused of trying to kill a woman in the park in June 2012 on the Gatlinburg Trail by stabbing her in the neck with a knife. Additionally, Seevers allegedly engaged in sexual activity by force, holding her at knife point and stabbing and punching her when she tried to run away.

The incident resulted in a large investigation and search for the suspect.

"The National Park Service has put a great deal of effort into the investigation of this case and so we are very pleased to see it advance to prosecution," said Chief Ranger Clayton Jordan.

Seevers is currently being held in jail pending trial. If convicted, he faces two life terms in prison followed by an additional 20 years.

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