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April 23, 2014

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Two Teens Indicted On Murder Charges

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Last modified: 2009-04-01 12:10:13

A Greene County grand jury meeting on Monday returned first-degree murder indictments against two northern Greene County teenagers who had been charged in connection with the death last May of a sister of one of the suspects.

Court records show the grand jurors returned indictments against Donnie Joe Hensley, 17, of 1950 Wilkerson Road, and Hugh Alexander Williams, 18, of 5480 Lonesome Pine Trail.

Both were juveniles at the time of the May 2 death of Billie Joe Hensley, who was Donnie Joe Hensley's sister.

Earlier this year, both Donnie Joe Hensley and Hugh Alexander Williams, who originally were charged in Juvenile Court, were transferred to Greene County Criminal Court for trial as adults after separate hearings.

Both youths are scheduled for trial in Greene County Criminal Court, starting on Jan. 24, 2005.

NGHS Student's Death

County Sheriff Steve Burns said earlier this year that the body of Billie Joe Hensley was found with "multiple stab wounds" on the floor of her home on the evening of Sunday, May 2.

Her body was discovered when officers from the Greene County Sheriff's Department responded to a call there about 8:20 p.m. that evening.

Sheriff Burns said in May that a preliminary autopsy report showed that Hensley's body had suffered "151 stab wounds." In May, Burns termed Billie Joe Hensley's death "one of, if not the most, brutal" he had seen in 27 years in law enforcement.

Burns said in May that deputies took two juveniles (later identified as Donnie Joe Hensley and Hugh Williams) into custody about five miles from the Hensley residence a short time after officers responded to the house where Billie Joe Hensley's body was found.

The sheriff also said in May that deputies, with the assistance of Greene County Highway Department employees, had recovered a pair of knives that possibly are related to Billie Jo Hensley's death.

The knives were recovered from beneath the Marvin Road bridge over Lick Creek, which is a short distance from the Hensley residence.

Detective Capt. John Huffine in May described the recovered items as "substantial knives."

Transfers To Criminal Court

Donnie Joe Hensley was transferred from Juvenile Court to Criminal Court following a Thursday, July 22, hearing in Greene County Juvenile Court.

Williams, who was 17 when Billy Joe Hensley was killed in May, was transferred to Criminal Court for trial as an adult at the conclusion of an Aug. 17 transfer hearing in Juvenile Court.

Earlier this year, Judge Beckner appointed Greeneville attorney Lewis Ricker to represent Donnie Joe Hensley. The judge also appointed the Third Judicial District Public Defender's Office to represent Williams.
For more information and stories, see The Greeneville Sun.

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