Arrest made in West Knox County murder case, woman faces tampering charge

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been changed to reflect new information. A property records search shows the home on Edenbridge Way does not belong to any of the suspects mentioned in this story.  

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect in a deadly shooting on Edenbridge Way that left one dead and another person injured.

Deputies, U.S. Marshals, and members of the Tennessee Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force arrested Raiquan Stapleton, 25, in connection with the fatal shooting of Kevin Roberts which occurred Sunday, Jan. 10 just after midnight. A second victim injured in the shooting has not been identified.

Stapleton faces charges including first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Witnesses said the suspect shot the victims after getting into an argument over Stapleton coming to the house. Stapleton fled the scene before police arrived.

“I was sitting in my living room with my friend and we heard a series of loud pops in a row that were pretty clearly gun shots but you never know,” neighbor Persephone Webb told WATE after the shooting. “It could have been fireworks or something. I immediately put my shoes and coat on and ran outside and there were people scrambling everywhere out here. Lots of shouting, people distraught, screaming, crying.”

Jasmine Flowers, 20, has been charged with obstruction/tampering with evidence in connection with the incident.

Jasmine Flowers

According to an arrest report Flowers was at the residence when the shooting occured and used a towel to pick up a gun at the scene. She then took it into the house to prevent law enforcement from finding it. She is being held on $15,000 bond.

“I would like to acknowledge the hard work and diligence of The United States Marshals Service, Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force in their assistance in locating and taking these individuals into custody,” Spangler said. “This is an example of excellent team work. I know our Major Crimes Unit also appreciates their willingness to assist anytime called upon.

“We have excellent leadership and detectives in our Major Crimes Unit, and I am proud of them for their service to justice and Knox County.”

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