Rocky Top woman charged in death of 83-year-old man

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A Rocky Top woman is charged with criminal homicide after a man was found dead outside his home on Jacksboro Avenue in Rocky Top.

Christy Viola Comer, 37, is charged in the death of JC Copeland, 83, according to the TBI. 

According to court documents, Comer unlawfully conspired to rob and kill Copeland, who is believed to have been strangled to death. Comer admitted she stole property from the home and moved Copeland’s body to underneath the porch of his home. 

She is being held in the Anderson County Jail on a $1 million bond.

The investigation into Copeland’s death is ongoing. 

Lake City pre-school, elementary and middle schools were placed on a soft lockdown Friday while police were investigating.

Anderson County Schools Assistant Director Greg Deal said a school resource officer was placed at each school.

Deal added there were no incidents of any kind at the schools themselves.

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