KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A Knoxville man is facing charges including rape, kidnapping and first-degree murder after Knoxville Police conducted a welfare check at a home on Bellevue Street on Friday morning.
Officers arrived at the home on the 3100 block of Bellevue Street early Friday, where they found a man dead, a spokesman for Knoxville Police said. Joe Whitaker, 57, was detained at the scene and later charged.
The victim was identified Monday as Julius Parker, 76, of Knoxville.
A woman who was also found inside the home is believed to have been victimized by Whitaker, according to a press release.
The investigation by Knoxville Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit revealed that Whitaker allegedly stabbed and killed the victim on Thursday, the release states. Police say the victim’s identity is being withheld until his next of kin is notified.
Whitaker is charged with first-degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping, rape and other charges according to the release. Police say Whitaker and the victims knew each other.