KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A Knox County Jury returned a guilty verdict in a 2020 triple murder case on Friday. The jury returned his sentence later that day.
Desmon Rhea, 27, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder. A spokesperson for the Knox County District Attorney’s office confirmed that the jury returned a life sentence for Rhea without the possibility of parole.
Julianna White, 29, was found fatally shot on Division Street near Liberty Street in the early hours of March 8, 2020. Her mother, 55-year-old Mildred Blackwell, and her friend and housemate Barbara Rogers, 57, were found shot and killed at a home on Trousdale Road.
Prosecutors said previously that they will seek a life sentence without the possibility of parole in the event of a first-degree murder conviction.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated.