published Monday, January 13th, 2014

Judge sends Red Bank arson-homicide to grand jury

A 33-year-old Red Bank man will now face a grand jury on charges that an apartment fire police allege he set killed a 51-year-old man.

Following a hearing today in Red Bank City Court, city Judge Johnny Houston found enough evidence to send arson and criminal homicide charges against Christopher Wehunt to the Hamilton County Grand Jury for a likely indictment.

Wehunt has been in custody on a $750,000 bond since the Thanksgiving Day incident.

Michelle Rose told police that Wehunt was banging on apartment doors of the 137 Hedgewood Drive apartment complex at 4:30 a.m.

Rose said her husband, 51-year-old Dewey Rose, answered the door and told Wehunt he shouldn't be bothering people do early.

The couple then gave Wehunt a blanket to keep warm, which investigators believe he then set aflame and place it at the Roses' door.

Michelle Rose leapt from the second story apartment. Her husband's body was found hours later inside the apartment.

For more see tomorrow's Times Free Press.

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Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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