Trio indicted by grand jury in death of Tazewell man Aaron Massengill

Crime and Courts

TAZEWELL, Tenn. (WATE) — Three suspects accused in the death of Claiborne County man Aaron Massengill have been indicted on charges by a grand jury.

Patrick Andrew Smith, 26; Courtney L. Gilpin, 23; and Jimmy Lee Riffe, 36 were facing charges including first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery.

They had been arrested and charged in the death of Massengill after his body was discovered Feb. 22 along Ferguson Ridge Road.

The Tazewell community rallied to the family’s side with hundreds of people coming together to help for the search. Many donated money to go toward a reward for his safe return

They are expected to make their initial appearance in criminal court on May 3rd at 8:30 a.m.

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