Murder-suicide ruled in weekend deaths

Identities of the victims released by sheriff's office
Dec. 24, 2012 @ 12:40 PM

Investigators announced Monday they believe a murder-suicide claimed the lives of two people found dead at a New Era address over the weekend.

Shannon Whaley, 52, of 1805 New Era Road, was the woman initially found dead at the scene, Sheriff Ron Seals said. Her husband called emergency dispatchers at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday and reported he had found her dead at their home.

Investigators found the body of William B. Davis, 51, inside a camper on the same property.

After reviewing the evidence at the scene and talking to family members, investigators believe Davis killed Whaley and then took his own life in the camper.

“Evidence found inside the camper indicated that Davis was the perpetrator in the murder of Whaley and he then took his own life, once the body was found by family members on Saturday morning,” Seals said in a media release.

Davis was Whaley’s son-in-law, but the two had apparently been involved in a dispute for some time, Seals said.

Sheriff’s deputies and agents from the Tennessee Bureau are still investigating. No cause of death has been released; Seals said they are awaiting the results of an autopsy from The University of Tennessee Forensic Center.

n jfarrell@themountainpress.com