Update: Elizabethton Police release names involved in domestic violence which left one dead

Published 3:59 pm Thursday, April 7, 2022

FROM STAFF REPORTS
The Elizabethton Police Department has provided an update on a domestic violence investigation that took place early Wednesday morning at a residence located at 105 Mountain View Drive off Milligan Highway.
Police have identified the deceased man as Mitchell Claffy, 31, who lived in Apt. 17 at the address. The injured man found was identified as Mark Cordray, 49, also of Apt. 17.
EPD responded to the apartment to do a welfare check at 4:19 a.m. Wednesday after someone called 911 and requested an ambulance but would not provide any further information. Upon entering the apartment the police found Claffy deceased and Cordray injured.
The report released Thursday states that Cordray was found suffering from a deep laceration to his wrist and was transported to Johnson City Medical Center by EMS.
The investigation revealed Cordray and Claffy were partners for several years and had been arguing for the past two days leading up to the violence.
It was determined by investigators that Cordray stabbed Claffy multiple times with a knife and would not allow him to leave the residence. Cordray then attempted suicide by cutting himself with the knife.
Cordray was released from the hospital and booked into the Carter County Jail on a warrant charging him with violation of T.C.A. 39-13-202 First-Degree Murder.

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