Dozens indicted by grand jury, including three charged in attempted murder of deputy
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A Washington County grand jury met twice this week, returning dozens of indictments that included charges against a man accused of killing his grandmother and another charged with attempted murder of a sheriff’s deputy.
Cody Lee Russell, 20, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in a stabbing incident that left his grandmother dead and his grandfather seriously injured.
The assault happened Dec. 8 in the family’s apartment on Swadley Road. Russell lived with his grandparents and they had adopted him when he was young.
Police responded to the apartment and found Frieda Russell stabbed to death and her husband, Clifford Russell, with multiple stab wounds, including having his throat sliced.
Other indictments this week include:
— Attempted first-degree murder charges against three people who were fleeing from sheriff’s deputies following an attempted robbery at a home on Sand Valley Road.
Deputy Gary Daugherty was hit by the vehicle Dalvin Stephens, 18, of Johnson City, drove. Passengers in the car were Ashley Nicole McGraw, 18, and Reginald Dewayne Smith, 41, both of Johnson City.
It happened Jan. 2 after officers were dispatched to an attempted robbery call and then began to pursue the suspect’s vehicle. Daugherty was attempting to put out a spike strip when he was hit.
All three were indicted on attempted aggravated robbery and attempted first-degree murder charges. Stephens faces additional charges of evading arrest, reckless endangerment and violation of the driver’s license law. Smith faces additional charges of unlawful possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence.
Daughtery was seriously injured when hit by the vehicle, but is recovering at home.
–– Mars Allen Lockwood, 48, of Jonesborough, on three counts of solicitation of a minor and one count of soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor.
Lockwood is accused of using his daughter’s cell phone to solicit a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl. Investigators said Lockwood watched while the girls had sex.
–– Michael Dave Pike, 57, of Johnson City, on four counts of aggravated statutory rape. According to court records, Pike was a driver for NET Trans and assigned on several occasions to transport a boy from his home to Steppenstone Youth Treatment Center.
Investigators said Pike persuaded the teen to perform oral sex on him at least four times between October and December.
–– Joshua Ellis Crabtree, 21, on a charge of filing a false police report. Crabtree reported to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office that he was raped by another inmate. Crabtree was jailed on various misdemeanor charges when he made the claim.
During the investigation, Crabtree told officers he fabricated the story in an attempt to be housed in a different part of the Detention Center.
Those indicted this week will appear in Washington County Criminal Court next week.