Neighbors say they were warned about carjacking/murder suspect

Neighbors say they were warned about carjacking/murder suspect

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Glenn Crocker, Jr. says he was surprised to hear that his neighbor's son, Wooten, is the prime suspect in the carjacking and murder case. Glenn Crocker, Jr. says he was surprised to hear that his neighbor's son, Wooten, is the prime suspect in the carjacking and murder case.
Suspect Jeffery Wooten (source: Knox Co Sheriff) Suspect Jeffery Wooten (source: Knox Co Sheriff)
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - People who know the man accused of a carjacking and murder say his family warned them about him.

Deputies say 49-year-old Jeffery Wooten broke into a home, shooting and killing a man inside.

"What a shame it all happened this way," said Glenn Crocker, Jr.

Crocker says he was surprised to hear that his neighbor's son, Wooten, is the prime suspect in the carjacking and murder case.

"He probably visits here and there, and we hear things but nothing has been major like this," said Crocker.

Investigators say yesterday Wooten broke into 44-year-old Randy Lands' home, shot and killed him, then held Lands' mother and sister at gunpoint and stole their car.

Deputies say Wooten then led them on a chase down Interstate 40 before crashing the stolen car.

Crocker says Wooten's own father told him to watch out.

"He warned us that he has a little bit of a problem. That's about it, you know as mild as a father can tell a neighbor," he said.

That warning may have been for good reason.

Wooten has an extensive criminal history in Knox County including armed robbery, burglary, and escape charges.

He is also currently wanted in Georgia for allegedly holding up a Waffle House with a pitchfork.

Crocker says even with all that, murder is never a charge he expected to hear.

"Who ever can think that somebody is capable of taking life? Shew! For what though? I mean what desperation caused that?" he said.

Wooten was taken into custody Friday.

He is charged with first degree murder and two counts of aggravated robbery.
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