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Update: Daughter charged with first-degree murder in former Carter Co. constable's shooting death

John Thompson • Updated Jan 27, 2016 at 8:49 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A former Carter County constable was shot to death at his McKeehan Ridge home Wednesday afternoon and his daughter has been charged in his slaying.

Sonya E. Babb, 54, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of her father, Kenneth Younce, who served as constable for the 7th District of West Carter County until 2014. Babb is being held in the Carter County Jail.

Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said his office received a dispatch from 911 around 3:30 p.m. that shots had been fired. While officers rushed to the scene, Babb was disarmed by other family members, Lunceford said.

The sheriff said Younce died of a single gunshot to his chest from a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Babb was taken into custody at the scene and transported to the sheriff’s department for questioning by investigators..

Lunceford said he knew Younce because of his law enforcement background. In addition to serving as a constable, Lunceford said he remembered Younce serving as a reserve deputy in the 1980s.

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Earlier:

ELIZABETHTON — A former Carter County constable was shot to death at his McKeehan Ridge home Wednesday afternoon and his daughter has been charged in his slaying.

Sonya Babb has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of her father, Kenneth Younce, who served as constable for the 7th District of West Carter County until 2014.

Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said his office received a dispatch from 911 around 3:30 p.m. that shots had been fired. While officers rushed to the scene, Babb was disarmed by other family members, Lunceford said.

The sheriff said Younce died of a single gunshot to his chest from a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Babb was taken into custody at the scene and transported to the sheriff’s department for questioning by investigators..

Lunceford said he knew Younce because of his law enforcement background. In addition to serving as a constable, Lunceford said he remembered Younce serving as a reserve deputy in the 1980s.

McKeehan Ridge Road is off Powder Branch Road south of Happy Valley High School.

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ELIZABETHTON — A fatal shooting has been reported in the Powder Branch area of western Carter County.

The Carter County Sheriff’s Department and emergency responders were called to McKeehan Ridge Road south of Happy Valley High School around 3:30 p.m. The deceased victim had a gunshot wound to the chest, according to emergency radio communications.

Keep visiting JohnsonCityPress.com for more details as they become available.

Editor’s Note: Lunceford initially had incorrectly stated the victim’s name. That has been corrected.

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