published Monday, October 14th, 2013

Tennessee man charged with slaying woman in home

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A southeastern Tennessee man has been charged with the slaying of a woman in her home over the weekend.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Monroe County authorities arrested 31-year-old James Ray Parker of Vonore today. Parker is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 57-year-old Kathy Bookout.

Bookout was found dead Sunday at her home along New Highway 68 near Madisonville. Authorities said Parker drove from his home in Vonore to Bookout's residence where he allegedly killed her.

Authorities have recovered the rifle used in the slaying, but declined to specify the type or caliber.

Authorities have not divulged a motive in the slaying. Parker and Bookout are related, but the Sheriff's Office would not elaborate on the relationship.

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