Holt

General Sessions Court, and the clerk’s offices, remained closed Tuesday as officials there mourn the loss of Clerk Connie Holt. The clerk’s offices were set to reopen today, with court resuming Thursday.

SEVIERVILLE — Sevier County General Sessions Court Clerk Connie Holt appears to have died at the hands of her fiancé, Eric Michael Peters, who then took his own life, District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn said Tuesday.

Sevier County Sheriff’s officers found the bodies of Holt and Peters in their home on Eagle View Drive Sunday. Dunn asked TBI to investigate, but the state law enforcement has not yet released information on the circumstances of their death.

Dunn confirmed Tuesday that the cause appeared to be a murder-suicide; he didn’t release additional information from the investigation.

“That is my opinion until we find evidence to the contrary,” he said. “I believe the autopsy will back me up on that.”

It is not yet clear when the pair died over the weekend. Holt’s 55th birthday was Friday, and friends have told The Mountain Press they were in contact with her that night.

She had served as the county’s generals sessions clerk since the office was created in 2002.

County officials selected her chief deputy clerk, Penny Johnson, to serve as acting general sessions court clerk. The Sevier County Commission will vote to choose an interim clerk to finish Holt’s term, which ends next year.

The clerk’s office was set to reopen today (Oct. 27), after being closed since Holt’s death. General sessions court proceedings were also canceled, and will resume Thursday.

Contact Jeff at jfarrell@themountainpress.com or Twitter at @jeffmtnpress

Contact Jeff at jfarrell@themountainpress.com or Twitter at @jeffmtnpress