Roane Co. couple indicted on a list of charges including felony murder, abuse & kidnapping

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KINGSTON, Tenn. (WATE) — On Tuesday, a Roane County couple was indicted for felony murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated kidnapping, among other charges related to the discovery of children’s remains on their property.

A Roane County grand jury indicted two people on Tuesday, Oct. 20 for the death of one of their adopted children and the abuse and neglect for two of the other three adopted children.

Michael A. Gray Sr., 63, and Shirley Ann Gray, 60, have been indicted with the following:

  • 4 Counts of Felony Murder
  • 8 Counts of Aggravated Child Abuse
  • 8 Counts of Aggravated Child Neglect
  • 9 Counts of Aggravated Kidnapping
  • 6 Counts of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping
  • 5 Counts of Falsification of Educational or Academic Records
  • 1 Count of Theft of Property
  • 1 Count of Abuse of a Corpse

Back in May, the remains of two children were found on the Gray’s Roane County property.

The investigation now involving five children and two counties, including Knox.

According to District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s office, the 42 Roane County indictments cover the Gray’s actions from June 2016 for the period of time that they had been living in the South of the River area of Roane County. There is still an ongoing investigation by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office into the Grays, Johnson’s office said, for the period of time that they lived in the home of their adult biological son in the Brown Gap/Halls area of Knox County.

Johnson also reiterated that the investigation remains ongoing in regards to forensic evidence and analysis.

Both Gray defendants have been in custody since their arrests in May. They are to be arraigned in Roane County Criminal Court on Monday, Oct. 26 at 9 a.m.

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