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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Phillips charged in double murder
Jefferson City police have charged one person after two people were struck and killed and two more were injured as the result of two vehicle/pedestrian crashes in the city on Monday. On Tuesday a warrant was served on William David Phillips, 32, North Highway 92, Jefferson City charging him with two counts of First Degree Murder as well as Attempted First Degree Murder. The warrants obtained by Jefferson City Detective Roland Holt alleges that Phillips was operating a motor vehicle, northbound on Chucky Pike "when he stated a voice told him that he needed to go and kill the meth addicts", so he began driving very fast. Detective Holt says Phillips was driving at a high rate of speed on Main Street and he said the voice told him that the baby stroller on the sidewalk had meth in it so he intentianally drove into Sierra Cahoon, 31 and her two year-old son Nolan in the stroller, killing both of them. "This act was done with premeditation," the detective alleges. According to the Jefferson City PD, officers also determined that an unidentified employee inside the building had been injured and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Soon thereafter, another crash was reported on East Main Street where another pedestrian had been struck. Detective Holt says in the second incident, Phillips was driving on Main Street “looking for people to kill with his car when he saw the victim, Tillman Gunter walking, and he intentionally drove his car into him.” Gunter told police he tried to get away from the car but the defendant kept driving toward him. The injured man was treated at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. The police department also is considering another murder charge against Phillips because they say Mrs. Cahoon was pregnant when she was killed. Tuesday afternoon Carson-Newman University announced that Sierra Cahoon and her son Nolan were the wife and son of athletic trainer Matt Cahoon. "Our Carson-Newman Athletics and University family are heartbroken of this tragic loss. During this time of need, we are here for Matt and we are here to support the Wilson/Cahoon family." A fund at the University has been established to benefit the Cahoon family. Those wishing to contribute may call the University at 865-471-3233.

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