published Friday, September 21st, 2012

Family ups reward in Kingston slaying

The family of 85-year-old Roane County slaying victim Charles Blevins has increased the reward for information in his death, authorities said.

The reward from the original $3,000 to $5,000, according to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation release.

On Aug. 12, family members found Russel Charles Blevins, of 138 Hart Orchard Road in Kingston, shot multiple times in his home.

“It’s just an odd situation. Almost nothing was disturbed,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said earlier this month.

The family had been trying to reach Blevins, but when he didn’t answer they went to check on him around 8 p.m. on Aug. 12, the sheriff said. Blevins’ body was found on the living room floor.

A preliminary autopsy report indicates that Blevins had been dead 10 to 12 hours when he was found, he said.

Investigators believe an M-1 .30-caliber carbine rifle was taken from Blevin’s residence, and Stockton said there were several other weapons that were left in place.

Anyone with information about the slaying is urged to contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463) or the Roane County Sheriff’s Office at 865-376-5582.

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