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Murder Suspect Has Hearing Date Set For Aug. 12

Originally published: 2013-07-12 23:16:14
Last modified: 2013-07-12 23:19:56



A preliminary hearing date of Aug. 12 was set Friday in the case of Phil Allen Guinn, who was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in connection with the June 30 stabbing death of Scotty Wayne Tilson.

Guinn appeared before General Sessions Court Judge Kenneth Bailey Jr., who continued Guinn's bond of $500,000 until the preliminary hearing date.

Guinn remains held in the Greene County Detention Center.

A public defender will be appointed to represent Guinn, court officials said.

Early on June 30, Tilson, 36, was found "lying on a mattress in a bedroom with what appeared to be several stab wounds about his body," a sheriff's department report said.

Tilson was able to identify a suspect before he died of his wounds, deputies said.

Guinn, 47, of 131 Oakland Park, had been hospitalized and was under guard by sheriff's deputies until the murder charge was filed Thursday night.

About 1:30 a.m. on June 30, Guinn went to Tilson's house on Mary Lamons Road in Afton, sheriff's Detective Sgt. Jason Taylor said in the arrest report.

"The defendant did intentionally confront and attack Scotty Wayne Tilson at that location," the report said.

"The actions of (Guinn) did result in the premeditated killing of (Tilson)," the report added.

Investigators found a trail of blood that led down Tilson's driveway and on to Mary Lamons Road, according to another report.

A baseball bat was found about 100 feet from the house. Another blood trail stretched approximately 100 feet past the bat, the report said.

Guinn was hospitalized for undisclosed medical reasons after being taken into custody.

Guinn was convicted of second-degree murder in May 1997 and sentenced to 16-1/2 years in prison for the stabbing death of 15-year-old Shannon Story. The Greeneville High School freshman went missing in September 1996. The decomposed body was found in November 1996 off Baileyton Road.

Guinn was released from prison in December 2012, according to Tennessee Department of Correction records.

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