Husband arrested in Claiborne teacher's murder

Husband arrested in Claiborne teacher's murder

August 30, 2005

By JEFF LENNOX
6 News Reporter

SPEEDWELL (WATE) -- The husband of a Claiborne County teacher murdered early Monday morning in her Speedwell home has been arrested.

Jamie Brock, 33, is being held in the Claiborne County Jail on first degree murder charges.

Investigators from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Claiborne County Sheriff's Office say the body of Janet Brock, 34, was discovered Monday at about 6:40 a.m. in her home off Back Valley Road.

The Powell Valley Elementary School teacher's two young children were nearby.

According to investigators, Jamie Brock told them he and his wife were arguing because he wanted to buy a motorcycle. He told them he then went outside and found a baseball bat, put on a mask and returned to the house where he hit his wife in the head.

Brock is being held in the Claiborne County Jail on $1 million bond.

Residents of the tight-knit town of Speedwell are having a hard time understanding how the murder could happen.

Linda Miracle has lived there for 22 years. She says Speedwell is a community where everybody knows everybody.

"It's devastating. It's very devastating when we heard it today, life just kind of stops," she said. "You just can't believe it."

Because Speedwell is so small, Linda says news about a possible murder spread fast through the town. By mid-afternoon everyone's worst fears were confirmed.

"I can't start to think what they are going through," Linda said, referring to Brock's two children. "I can't fathom what they are going through."

Linda says she was a friend of the murder victim. She says Janet Brock was involved in the community. She taught computer classes at Powell Valley and cared for her two young kids.

In light of the troubling news, Linda and her Speedwell neighbors are showing support for Janet's family as best they can.

"You just kind of have to rally together and pray and hope whoever did this is caught and brought to justice," she said.

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