On July 27, 2014 a tornado swept through the Rock Springs area of Kingsport leaving significant damage. Perhaps, the most extreme damage was found at 1912 Rock Springs Road where a home was almost destroyed.More >>
On July 27, 2014 a tornado swept through the Rock Springs area of Kingsport leaving significant damage. Witnessing the damage first hand, a nearby neighbor ran to help.More >>
During the investigation, TBI agents and sheriff's department detectives developed information implicating Odum, Thompson and Britnell.
The circumstances of the crime and the motivation are under investigation.
Sheriff Joe Guy says Womack had gone to help fix a car across the street but never came back. Guy says Womack likely walked in on Thompson, Britnell and Odum stealing guns and electronics from an outbuilding on the property and they shot him.
"Tyler was in no way involved in the burglary. He was just a young man in the wrong palace at the wrong time," said Sheriff Guy.
Guy says with no witnesses to the crime, it was difficult to find the suspects, but trace evidence led them in the right direction.
"What solved this case was simply some advanced training, and evidence collection techniques and some really superb police work," he said.
Womack's body was found by his grandmother. His family and friends say July 4 will never be the same for them.
"I'm still devastated over it. I just can't even think straight," said his father Mike Womack.
They say the arrests are a relief, but they'll never understand why.
"There ain't no worse feeling than finding out your best friend just got killed for no reason. I couldn't understand why anybody would do it to start with and still don't understand," said friend Lincoln Wilson.
All three were arrested without incident Thursday morning at a home shared by Thompson and Britnell. They are being held at the McMinn County Jail without bond. An arraignment is scheduled for Friday.
"I'm going to be at the courthouse [Friday] morning because I don't even know what they look like, and I want to see what kind of person would have taken my son away from me like that," said Mike Womack.