published Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Two men die in separate stabbings in Tennessee Valley

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    Robert Boyle, seen here in this photo from Ooltewah High School's website, died after being stabbed on Aug. 16. Boyle was head custodian at the school.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Two men were stabbed to death in the Tennessee Valley on Saturday in separate domestic incidents.

Patricia Ann Harrison, 50, stabbed her boyfriend, William Drymon, in Rossville. And in Ooltewah, both a man and a woman were stabbed -- the man, 52-year-old Robert Boyle, died from his injuries. The woman's name has not been released.

Authorities have released details of the stabbing in Rossville. Police say Drymon was sitting on his Rossville porch when his girlfriend, wielding a kitchen knife, ran out screaming.

"I hate you," Patricia Ann Harrison yelled, in addition to several expletives.

Then, police say, she took the knife to Drymon's chest.

Drymon stood up, walked inside the home they shared and fell to the floor, according to a Walker County Sheriff's Office report. A neighbor tried to put pressure on his blood-soaked T-shirt. But he died after medics transferred him to Erlanger hospital.

At about 4:45 p.m., police arrived at the Rossville home, which sits near Ridgeland High School. Harrison, 50, told officers she didn't know what had happened and said Drymon had "hit on me," according to the report. She didn't tell police where the knife was, but medics found it behind a rocking chair.

In a news release, Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said Harrison was "heavily intoxicated" and that alcohol was a contributing factor in the stabbing. Harrison was arrested without incident Saturday.

She faces a murder charge under Georgia's Family Violence Act and is being held at the Walker County Jail without bond.

In Ooltewah, details are less clear. Hamilton County sheriff's deputies arrived at 8008 Short Tail Spring Road around 6:25 p.m. Saturday and found both Boyle and the unidentified woman suffering from serious stab wounds.

Boyle was taken to a hospital by helicopter, but succumbed to his injuries. The woman was transported by ambulance. Her condition was not released Monday.

No charges have been brought in the case.

Boyle worked as the head custodian at Ooltewah High School. School principal Jim Jarvis declined to comment on Boyle's death Monday.

Contact staff writer Kevin Hardy at or 423-757-6249.

Contact staff writer Shelly Bradbury at 423-757-6525 or

about Shelly Bradbury...

Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint ...

about Kevin Hardy...

Kevin rejoined the Times Free Press in August 2011 as the Southeast Tennessee K-12 education reporter. He worked as an intern in 2009, covering the communities of Signal Mountain, Red Bank, Collegedale and Lookout Mountain, Tenn. A native Kansan, Kevin graduated with bachelor's degrees in journalism and sociology from the University of Kansas. After graduating, he worked as an education reporter in Hutchinson, Kan., for a year before coming back to Chattanooga. Honors include a ...

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