Three people are behind bars for the murder of an Athens man. After weeks of investigation, McMinn deputies say he was killed because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Martha A. Thompson, Amanda L. Britnell, and Thomas Odum have all been charged with Womack's murder.
to watch raw video of Sheriff Joe Guy's news conference on Thursday, as well as an interview with the victim's family members.Investigators told NewsChannel 9
that Tyler Womack (pictured above with his mother)
was gunned down outside his neighbor's house. Investigators said that house had also been burglarized.
Tyler Womack was found dead by his grandmother on Independence Day. She said he had gone to a neighbors house to do a good deed, but ended up dead. "I wanted god to lay it heavy on their heart. It just breaks my heart that I don't have him anymore," says Vicki Womack.
And TBI investigators say that's exactly what happened when the three reportedly admitted to their participation in Tyler Womack's murder. Investigators believe the three suspects were burglarizing an outbuilding, and that Odum shot Womack for fear of being identified and then all three fled the scene.
Shortly after, Vicki Womack discovered her grandson's body. "When I got over to him oh my god... I can't even describe everything I saw. It was awful. it was awful."
Womack clutches her grandson's dog tags and class ring as the only tangible connection that she still has. "I still had his blood on my fingers for three days because I didn't want to wash it off."
The Womack family only found out about the arrests when NewsChannel 9 called to deliver the news. Today, they believe it was fate. "I pray today is the day and I said in Jesus name amen. And then you called me."
TBI Special Agents were called in to assist in the investigation. According to a TBI spokesperson, agents and sheriffas department detectives developed information which implicated Thomas P. Odum, 48, Martha A. Thompson, 42, and Amanda L. Britnell, 34. According to the TBI release, all three subsequently admitted to their participation in the crime.