Guns, drugs found in Mayhall camper

Mother used radio to warn son
May. 30, 2013 @ 11:53 PM

A fugitive from Alabama wasn’t armed when U.S. Marshals and Sevier County Sheriff’s deputies caught up to him here Tuesday, but investigators found several stolen firearms in his camper.

James B. Mayhall, 28, of 3293 Wears Valley Road, had reportedly been living in a camper at Cove Creek Campground on Wears Valley Road along with his wife, Fabienne Mayhall. His mother, Marcie Mayhall, was reportedly staying in the campground as well. All three were arrested Tuesday.

The Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force, which includes member marshals and local deputies, had received information that James and Fabienne Mayhall were staying in the campground, Sheriff Ron Seals said. The marshals were looking for the couple because they had outstanding warrants for aggravated burglary and menacing and eluding police in Madison County, Ala.

The task force set up surveillance on the site, and eventually saw Fabienne Mayhall walk from the camper to a truck. When they moved in to make an arrest, she fled in the vehicle and led them on a chase around county roads before surrendering on Katy Hollow Road. When they searched for James Mayhall, they learned that his mother was staying in the campground and had used a two-way radio to warn him of their presence. After her arrest, they found James Mayhall in a truck on Robeson Road, where they took him into custody. Deputies reported yesterday that he was unarmed when arrested.

According to the arrest warrants for James and Fabienne Mayhall, when they searched the camper, they found several stolen guns, including a shotgun that had been reported stolen, and an SKS rifle and .25-caliber pistol with altered serial numbers. They also found marijuana, pills believed to be methadone, a glass pipe and scales. A fake ID bearing the names Kyle King was also found inside; Seals indicated he believed the couple had used it while hiding out.

James Mayhall is now facing charges of being a fugitive from justice, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm with altered serial numbers, theft, sale and delivery of schedule VI drugs, sale and delivery of schedule II drugs, and possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony. He was being held at the Sevier County Jail Wednesday in lieu of $15,000 bond.

Fabienne Mayhall, 22, of 3293 Wears Valley Road was charged with being a fugitive from justice, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm with altered serial numbers, theft, sale and delivery of schedule II drugs, accessory after the fact, sale and delivery of schedule VI drugs and evading arrest. She was being held at the jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.

Marcie G. Mayhall, 51, of 3293 Wears Valley Road in Sevierville, was charged with being an accessory after the fact. She was released on $2,000 bond.

jfarrell@themountainpress.com