BY KEN LITTLE
A man who struck another man on the head last year with a frying pan, killing him, will not be charged with any crime.
A Greene County grand jury indicted more than 20 individuals on Tuesday but found a no true bill in the case of Travis Wayne Fincannon, 20, of 625 Broyles Road, Chuckey.
The panel considered evidence connected to the April 29, 2012 death of Erick Hyatt.
Hyatt, 26, who also lived at 620 Broyles Road, died after he was struck on the head by the frying pan.
Sheriff's deputies said in reports after the incident that Hyatt was involved in a domestic dispute with Tara Fincannon, also of the Broyles Road address.
Travis Fincannon, then 18, is Tara Fincannon's brother.
Hyatt was pronounced dead at the scene, a report by Deputy David Love said.
Deputies were called to the house "on a report of a domestic dispute with a male subject unconscious," the report said.
Tara Fincannon, then 26, asked deputies to respond quickly because Hyatt was "turning blue."
"I entered the residence and located the subject laying face down on the bedroom floor, nonresponsive," the report said.
Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services was summoned "and confirmed the subject dead," the report said.
"Miss Fincannon advised me they were fighting and (Hyatt) had her on the bed assaulting her and her brother struck him in the head with a frying pan," the report added.
NO CHARGES FILED
No formal charges were filed in connection with the case. Sheriff Steve Burns said at the time the facts would be reviewed by a grand jury.
"Based on the investigation, he [Travis Fincannon] would be defending someone. In this case, it would be his sister, who was being severely assaulted," Burns said.
Hyatt and Tara Fincannon have children together and had moved to Tennessee from North Carolina, Burns said.
The indictment alleged that on April 29, 2012, Fincannon committed the offense "by knowingly killing Erick Hyatt while in a state of passion produced by adequate provocation sufficient to lead a reasonable person to act in an irrational manner."
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation handled the subsequent investigation.
Burns said after Hyatt's death that the apparent circumstances surrounding it "would be the only reason at this time we would hold off (on charges) and present it to a grand jury and see what they think about it."