Scotty Wayne Tilson
Died June 30 From
Multiple Stab Wounds
BY KEN LITTLE
Phil Allen Guinn was formally charged Thursday night with first-degree murder in connection with the June 30 stabbing death of Scotty Wayne Tilson, of Afton.
Guinn, 47, of 131 Oakland Park, had been hospitalized and under guard by sheriff's deputies since the stabbing incident, which happened early June 30 at the home of Tilson on 85 Mary Lamons Road.
Guinn made his first General Sessions Court appearance this morning and remains held on $500,000 bond.
HAD BEEN UNDER GUARD
After the June 30 stabbing of Tilson, Guinn remained under guard in a local hospital until charges were formally filed Thursday.
About 1:30 a.m. on June 30, Guinn went to Tilson's house on Mary Lamons Road, sheriff's Detective Sgt. Jason Taylor said in a 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.
At about 1:30 a.m. on June 30, Tilson called Greene County 911 and told a dispatcher that he had been stabbed.
When deputies arrived at the address, Tilson, 36, was found "lying on a mattress in a bedroom with what appeared to be several stab wounds about his body," sheriff's Lt. Terry S. Rader said in a report.
Tilson told Rader that he knew who had stabbed him, and later remembered the person's name, Rader said in the report.
Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services personnel treated Tilson at his Afton home, but he later died from his injuries.
Investigators found a trail of blood that led down Tilson's driveway and on to Mary Lamons Road, according to a 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.
1996 MURDER CASE
Guinn was convicted of second-degree murder in May 1997 and sentenced to 16.5 years in prison for the stabbing death of Shannon Story, a 15-year-old Greeneville High School freshman who went missing in September 1996 and whose decomposed body was found in November 1996.
Guinn was released from prison in December 2012, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction.
Guinn confessed to Sheriff Steve Burns, then to a detective sergeant, that he stabbed Shannon Story, prosecutors in that case said in 1997
Testimony showed that Guinn left Story's body at Lakeview Estates, about halfway between Greeneville and Baileyton off Baileyton Road.
According to statements made in court before Guinn's sentencing in 1997 on the second-degree murder conviction, Story had been at Guinn's Greeneville residence to collect a debt Guinn owed for crack cocaine.
In the Story homicide case, it took until January 1997 for a forensic pathologist and an anthropologist to formally identify the remains found off Baileyton Road as those of Shannon Story.
District Attorney Berkeley Bell said at the time that detectives contacted Guinn because Story was last seen getting into Guinn's car.
Guinn admitted during a first interview with investigators that he owed money to Story, but Guinn later confessed that he stabbed Story three to four times at his residence and transported the body to the field, Bell said.
A forensic pathologist indicated in his autopsy report that Story's body had been stabbed a minimum of 22 times in the torso area and once in the skull, according to Bell.
Guinn's criminal history includes convictions for criminal trespassing and theft in 1988.
He was convicted in 1993 of criminal attempt to commit burglary, theft, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On each conviction, he was sentenced to one year in jail.