UPDATED: 4 charged with attempted murder in Carter County

Johnson City Press • Updated Jul 3, 2018 at 10:31 AM

ELIZABETHTON — A fourth person has been charged with attempted with attempted murder after a video surfaced of them beating a man with a baseball bat and stabbing him, according to information released Monday by the Carter County Sheriff’s Office.

The release said 38-year-old Ross Bee Kelly, Johnson City, was the latest person to be charged in the incident. Last week, the sheriff’s office announced that Kasey Delamae Miller, 31, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping resulting from the June 23 beating.

According to court records, a Sheriff’s Office investigator was contacted by an informant about the sale of narcotics. During the discussion, the investigator received a tip from informants about Miller beating a man with a bat and leaving the victim for dead.

After she was arrested on another charge, investigators on June 27 found a video on Miller’s cellphone showing her beating a man with a baseball bat. The video also showed three men helping her, leading to the other arrests, Thomas Gray, the CCSO’s public information officer, said

Also charged earlier with attempted first-degree murder were 20-year-old Matthew Duane Dye, Erwin, and 41-year-old Michael Todd Silcox.

Elizabethton investigators obtained consent from Miller to search her phone. The investigators found a video on the cell phone that matched the description given by the informants. Investigators said the video starts out with Miller saying "I give you that dope and my dope." Investigators said it appeared Miller was accusing the man of cheating on her on a narcotics transaction.

An investigator said Miller could then be heard saying "I'm going to count to five and then we're done." The investigator said that when Miller reached five, she began to strike the victim with what is apparently a baseball bat. As the man is being struck, he kept saying "I didn't steal the dope."

The investigator said Miller beat the man to the ground, then forced him to lie flat on his back. He said she then said "bring me that knife." A man then enters the video frame with what appears to be a knife in his right hand. The investigator said the man then stood over the victim, stands on his right arm, said "hey" and then jabbed him in the neck three times with what appeared to be a knife.

A court record states that Miller identified the man who stabbed the victim as Matthew Saylor, who was later revealed to be Dye. 

On Thursday afternoon, other investigators of the Carter County Sheriff's Department accompanied Elizabethton investigators to 1932 Bristol Highway to search Miller's vehicle. Inside the vehicle, the investigators found an aluminum baseball bat, three knives and a utility knife with a used utility knife blade.

Gray said investigators were not sure exactly where the beating took place, since the video was taken on a dirt road, which could be “anywhere in Carter County.”

The informants told investigators, however, they recognized the background in the video as being an area around Slagle's Pasture and the Bristol Highway, according to the court records. Miller told investigators the incident took place at a “pull off” on Rasnick Hollow Road.

After the beating and stabbing, Miller, Dye and Silcox got into Miller’s vehicle and left the scene with the victim behind, Miller told investigators.

The sheriff’s office withheld the victim’s name, and Gray declined to speak about the man’s condition.

Court records identified Kelly as the fifth person on the scene, stating that he was shown on video watching the assaults.

All four were being held in the Carter County Detention Center, having been arraigned Friday and Monday. Miller’s bond was set at $350,000, while Dye, Kelly, and Silcox were each held on $250,000 bonds.

Gray described the investigation as ongoing.


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