Pikeville man charged in 2 separate Cumberland County homicides; victims identified


A Pikeville man has been charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with two separate homicides in Cumberland County.

John Patrick Fields, 47, appeared in Cumberland County Court Thursday and was appointed a public defender. His preliminary hearing is set for Thursday, April 18. 

Fields is charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder. He is being held on $5 million bond.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the first incident happened Tuesday at a home in the 80 block of Critter Creek Road in Crossville. Cumberland County deputies were called to the home around 6 p.m. CDT and found the body of Lowell “Chip” Simmons II, 47, in a trash pile in a vacant lot. He is believed to be the victim of a homicide.

TBI agents initially said Simmons had been shot, but now believe that may not be the case. 

The second incident happened at a home in the 2500 block of Vandever Road in Crossville around 10 p.m. CDT. Three people were shot, one of whom, Makayla Manning, 23, died at the scene. The other two, Joseph Manning, 39 and Eleashea Alene Curry, 42, were taken to the hospital in Knoxville.

Fields was arrested at the Vandever Road location and officials believe he is responsible for both deaths. Both Simmons and Manning have been sent for autopsies to determine causes of death.

The TBI, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, the office of District Attorney General Bruant Dunaway and Tennessee Highway Patrol are all investigating.

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