Man charged with murder after skeletal remains discovered in Morgan County

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WARTBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – A man has been charged with first-degree premeditated murder after an investigation into the discovery of skeletal remains in Morgan County. 

Wayne C. Lindsay, 50, of Sunbright has been charged for the murder of John Hammond, investigators said late Wednesday. 

Morgan County Sheriff Wayne Potter and the Morgan County District Attorney’s Office say Lindsay allegedly shot and killed Hammond at Lindsay’s residence of 145 Herbert Shannon Road in November 2018 as Hammond was sleeping on a cot.  The shooting was precipitated by an earlier argument between the two men.

Allegedly shot while asleep

“It sounds really troubling to me, we hate to hear about things like that in our area. We’re concerned about our neighbors,” said Mary Lou Perkins, a Wartburg resident. 

Morgan County Sheriff Wayne Potter, the Morgan County District Attorney’s Office and other authorities were investigating the situation. 

Morgan County DA Russell Johnson said the discovery was made north of Sunbright on private property believed to be Lindsay’s.

Skeletal remains found north of Sunbright

“We need all the help we can get as far as people reaching out and identifying crime. we’re a small department, we depend on those type of leads,” said Morgan County Sheriff Wayne Potter.

Investigators say a former roommate of Lindsay’s alerted authorities that he had been told, by Lindsay, about the killing. 

Sheriff’s investigators Gary Seiber and William Angel, assisted by a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agent, picked up Lindsay on an attachment for arrest on another case and interviewed him about the remains.  

Lindsay confessed to the killing of Hammond, according to authorities.  

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death and to make a positive identification of what is believed to be John Hammond based on the informant’s statement and the statement of Wayne C. Lindsay.  

Victim never reported missing after murder in November 2018

Family members of Hammond have already been contacted by the Sheriff’s Office.  Investigators do not believe there was a missing person report for John Hammond, even though he was killed in November of 2018.

Johnson has requested the assistance of the Regional Forensics Center anthropology team in examining and exhuming the remains. The investigation is in its’ early stages and the cause of death has not yet been determined.

An anthropology team from the Regional Forensics Center was working to examine and exhume the remains. 

Lindsay is already in custody. Morgan County General Sessions Court Judge Mike Davis will set his bond. 

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