David Keith Daugherty, 41, is now a fugitive from justice, according to Capt. Brian Quinn of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.
An autopsy is to be performed on the body of Elizabeth Annette Carney, 40, according to officials, and could be completed sometime today.
The cause of death has not been determined.
According to reports, Carney’s body was located by family and friends just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Reports stated her body was found “wrapped” and inside a closet.
According to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to 1235 6th St. N.E. to investigate a possible missing person.
“While en route, BCSO received another call stating that family and friends had found Elizabeth Annette Carney, 40, deceased inside the residence,” according to initial investigation reports released by Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for BCSO.
Officials also confirmed Carney and Daugherty were married in Polk County on May 19.
Assistant District Attorney General Stephen Hatchett said Wednesday afternoon that Daugherty has an extensive criminal record, including a previous first-degree murder charge which was reduced to voluntary manslaughter in a 1990 case.
Larry McKinney was listed as the victim of a shooting on June 5, 1990, according to archived court documents.
Hatchett, who relayed information from the Tennessee Department of Corrections and court files, said Wednesday Daugherty was convicted at trial Oct. 7, 1991, on lesser counts of voluntary manslaughter and theft. He served a sentence in TDOC for the conviction.
He was also convicted of aggravated assault and robbery in a 1999 case.
Daugherty is possibly armed and dangerous, according to Quinn.
He was last seen driving a 1995 Mercury Villager van. The van is described as having gold trim and has Tennessee license tag 373 TLP.
Daugherty is described in reports as being 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information regarding Daugherty’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office at 728-7272, or the Crime Hotline at 728-7311 and press option No. 2.