Court documents: Items belonging to killed Sullivan Co. woman found in suspect’s purse


SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – A woman charged in a Sullivan County murder made her first appearance in court Tuesday.

Misty Magic James faces a felony murder charge after investigators say she admitted on a recording to shooting 60-year-old Trina Jones.

The recording had come from a confidential informant.

Court documents also say James admitted to leaving a black duffel bag in the home and stated her intent to steal items from the home.

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The informant gave law enforcement a “bag of property” that had been abandoned by James, according to court documents. A pistol was reportedly found inside, which was the same type of firearm mentioned in the recording of James.

Court documents also say items belonging to Jones were found in James’ purse.

In court, James was assigned a new lawyer due to a conflict of interest in the case.

James’ next court date is set for July 6.

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