Two men die in separate stabbings in Tennessee Valley

Two men die in separate stabbings in Tennessee Valley

August 19th, 2014 by Kevin Hardy and Shelly Bradbury in Local Regional News

Patricia Ann Harrison

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

Robert Boyle, seen here in this photo from Ooltewah High School's website, died after being stabbed on Aug. 16. Boyle was head custodian at the school.

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

Two men were stabbed to death in the Tennessee Valley on Saturday in separate domestic incidents.

Patricia Ann Harrison, 50, stabbed her boyfriend, William Drymon, in Rossville. And in Ooltewah, both a man and a woman were stabbed -- the man, 52-year-old Robert Boyle, died from his injuries. The woman's name has not been released.

Authorities have released details of the stabbing in Rossville. Police say Drymon was sitting on his Rossville porch when his girlfriend, wielding a kitchen knife, ran out screaming.

"I hate you," Patricia Ann Harrison yelled, in addition to several expletives.

Then, police say, she took the knife to Drymon's chest.

Drymon stood up, walked inside the home they shared and fell to the floor, according to a Walker County Sheriff's Office report. A neighbor tried to put pressure on his blood-soaked T-shirt. But he died after medics transferred him to Erlanger hospital.

At about 4:45 p.m., police arrived at the Rossville home, which sits near Ridgeland High School. Harrison, 50, told officers she didn't know what had happened and said Drymon had "hit on me," according to the report. She didn't tell police where the knife was, but medics found it behind a rocking chair.

In a news release, Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said Harrison was "heavily intoxicated" and that alcohol was a contributing factor in the stabbing. Harrison was arrested without incident Saturday.

She faces a murder charge under Georgia's Family Violence Act and is being held at the Walker County Jail without bond.

In Ooltewah, details are less clear. Hamilton County sheriff's deputies arrived at 8008 Short Tail Spring Road around 6:25 p.m. Saturday and found both Boyle and the unidentified woman suffering from serious stab wounds.

Boyle was taken to a hospital by helicopter, but succumbed to his injuries. The woman was transported by ambulance. Her condition was not released Monday.

No charges have been brought in the case.

Boyle worked as the head custodian at Ooltewah High School. School principal Jim Jarvis declined to comment on Boyle's death Monday.

Contact staff writer Kevin Hardy at khardy@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6249.

Contact staff writer Shelly Bradbury at 423-757-6525 or sbradbury@timesfreepress.com.