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Kingsport man pleads guilty to Lynn Garden murder

Rain Smith, Kingsport Times News • Sep 13, 2018 at 8:30 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — A Kingsport man accused of hogtying a Lynn Garden resident and fatally gagging him pleaded guilty to second-degree murder among other charges Tuesday.

Jeffrey Dale Flanary, 53, was originally arrested on Feb. 4, 2017, following a highly visible and hours-long manhunt involving a helicopter, officers on the ground and police dogs. He was apprehended four days after police located the body of Michael Dale Davidson, 59, in his Mull Street home.

Initially, the Kingsport Police Department publicly referred to Davidson’s death as “suspicious.” According to Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney William Harper, Davidson was found tied up with a cloth stuck in his mouth, and asphyxiation was the cause of death.

Police later released photos of Davidson’s van, saying it was missing. On Feb. 3, the KPD announced warrants had been issued for Flanary’s arrest on a first-degree murder charge.

More about the murder plea from the Kingsport Times News.

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