Alleged homicide investigation underway

By Marisa Anders -

Hank Austin Williams

Claiborne County officials are investigating an alleged homicide that took place Monday evening.

According to a news release from the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office, they received a call around 6:12 p.m. that a shooting had occurred near 834 Leach-Medley Road in the Speedwell community of Claiborne County.

Upon arrival, the release states that officers identified Zachary Scott Dick, 53, as the victim of a gunshot wound. He was unresponsive at that time.

Several witnesses were still being interviewed as of 8:05 p.m. when Sheriff David Ray was contacted, and no identifying information was being released at that time.

“We have to take our time in the investigation and take care of the crime scene,” said Ray by phone Monday evening.

The investigation revealed that Hank Austin Williams, 47, of 834 Leach-Medley Road, had allegedly shot the victim with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Williams was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Claiborne County Jail, according to officials. He was charged with criminal homicide. He is awaiting a bond to be set by General Sessions Court Judge Robert Estep. His arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 9, according to the Claiborne County Circuit Court Clerk’s office.

“The incident arrived over a property dispute,” said Ray. “A firearm was recovered as well as other physical evidence from the scene.”

“The body of Zachary Scott Dick was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center where a forensic autopsy will be performed on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by the State Medical Examiner,” Ray added.

The Claiborne Progress and Middlesboro Daily News is following this story and will have more information as it becomes available.

Reach Marisa Anders at 423-254-5588 or on Twitter @newsgirl88.

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