Accused murderer Quilliams arrested by Sevier deputies, U.S. Marshals

Jan. 16, 2014 @ 07:04 PM

Florida authorities believe a man arrested here Thursday on a murder warrant “butchered” his live-in girlfriend with a sword before fleeing here with his ex-wife, according to reports.

Pinellas County, Fla., Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told reporters in Florida Thursday that his investigators believe 40-year-old James Quilliams killed 48-year-old Teresa Sue Compton this week by stabbing her repeatedly with a 35-inch sword, according to information shared with The Mountain Press by the Tampa Tribune. The couple reportedly shared a home in Oldsmar, Fla., a city of roughly 13,500 people north of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Sevier County Sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Marshals arrested Quilliams in an abandoned cabin on Valley Home Way in Wears Valley early Thursday morning.

The Tribune reported Compton had defensive wounds that indicated she had tried to fight her attacker off, but she’d been stabbed between five and 10 times, including at least one that passed through her body.

“From the looks of it, he butchered her is what he did,” Gualtieri told reporters during a press conference Thursday.

Gualtieri’s office said neighbors noted Compton and Quilliams had a stormy relationship.

Officials said the couple argued after Compton found texts on his phone which indicated he may have renewed his relationship with his ex-wife, 39-year-old Kristie Renee Quilliams. Kristie Quilliams has an address on Jama Drive in Sevierville, according to an arrest report from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office.

She was arrested in Pigeon Forge Tuesday morning on charges of driving on a revoked license and having an open container. Pigeon Forge Police Chief Jack Baldwin confirmed she was arrested after officers stopped her on suspicion of drunk driving, but later decided not to charge her with DUI. According to information from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, she told police about the charges against her husband when they asked if he could come to pick her up.

“Kristie Williams told officers her husband would not come to get the vehicle as he was on the run after killing a woman in Pinellas County,” according to information on the office’s web site. “She also told officers she had dropped him off at the Smoky Mountains National Park.”

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