Suspect in sword slaying arraigned

Published 9:25 am Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Jacob Buckles

Jacob Buckles

A Carter County man charged with killing another man with a sword appeared in General Sessions Court on Monday.
Jacob Lee Buckles, 27, of 1005 Fairview St., Elizabethton, appeared before Judge Keith Bowers and was arraigned on a charge of second degree murder. Bowers appointed attorney Chad Cash to represent Buckles.
Bowers left Buckles’ bond unchanged at $250,000.
Buckles and Roger Dale Morrison, 28, of 136 Jack Bradley Road, Elizabethton, were arrested Thursday in connection with the death of 29-year-old Jeffery “Colt” Calloway, of 124 Edgewater Road, Elizabethton. Morrison was charged with being an accessory after the fact to second degree murder.
Around 7 p.m. on Jan. 7, officers of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a stabbing at 124 Edgewater Road in the Valley Forge Community and found Calloway lying in the floor with a stab wound to his chest. The Carter County Rescue Squad transported Calloway to Sycamore Shoals Hospital where he died shortly after his 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 Buckles and Morrison left in a rust-colored Ford Maverick and she believed they were headed to home on Fairview Street in the Eastside community.
Officers of the Elizabethton Police Department found the vehicle Polly Calloway described in the driveway of Buckles’ home. When officers approached the house, both Buckles and Morrison came outside and 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.
Morrison was arraigned in General Sessions Court on Friday and Bowers appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent him and set his bond at $25,000. Morrison is scheduled to return to court today.

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