2 men arrested in stabbing death of Valley Forge man
Published 10:43 am Friday, January 8, 2016
A Valley Forge man died Thursday night after being stabbed in the chest with a sword and two men have been charged in connection with his death according to police.
On Friday morning, the Carter County Sheriff’s Office identified the man who died as 29-year-old Jeffery “Colt” Calloway, of 124 Edgewater Road, Elizabethton.
Officers of the Sheriff’s Office arrested Jacob Lee Buckles, 27, of 1005 Fairview St., Elizabethton, on Thursday night and charged him with second degree murder. Police also arrested Roger Dale Morrison, 28, of 136 Jack Bradley Road, Elizabethton, and charged him with being an accessory after the fact.
Shortly after 7 p.m. on Thursday, officers of the Sheriff’s Department and responded to a report of a stabbing at 124 Edgewater Road in the Valley Forge community. When officers arrived, they found Calloway lying the floor just inside the front door of the home with what appeared to be one stab wound to his chest.
Members of the Carter County Rescue Squad responded to the home and transported Calloway to Sycamore Shoals Hospital where he died shortly after arrival.
“Polly Calloway, Colt’s wife, reported that Jacob Buckles and Roger Morrison came to the home to collect a debt and an argument ensued,” Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said. “Polly reported that Jacob stabbed Colt in the chest with a sword.”
The woman told officers after Buckles stabbed her husband he and Morrison left their home and Morrison drove away in a rust-colored Ford Maverick. She told officers she thought the two men were headed to a home on Fairview Street in the Eastside community of Elizabethton.
Officers of the Elizabethton Police Department began searching the Eastside area for the vehicle described by Polly Calloway and found a Ford Maverick parked in the driveway at 1005 Fairview St.
“As Officers approached the residence, Jacob Buckles and Roger Morrison exited the home and met them in the front yard where they were detained without incident,” Lunceford said.
Buckles and Morrison were transported to the Carter County Sheriff’s Office where they were interviewed about the incident. According to police, Buckles admitted to stabbing Jeffery Calloway.
Following the interview, officers charged Buckles with second degree murder and Morrison with being an accessory after the fact.
On Friday morning, Morrison appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court where he was arraigned on the charge against him. Judge Keith Bowers appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Morrison and set his bond at $25,000. He is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 12.
Buckles is set to be arraigned in General Sessions Court next week. He is being held in the Carter County Detention Center on a $250,000 bond.