Bledsoe County double slaying investigation yields 'people of interest'

Bledsoe County double slaying investigation yields 'people of interest'

July 19th, 2016 by Ben Benton in Local Regional News

State prosecutor Mike Taylor comments on the decision of guilt from Michelle Martin Wednesday outside the Bledsoe County Courthouse.

State prosecutor Mike Taylor comments on the decision...

Photo by Tim Barber /Times Free Press.

Investigators are now looking into "people of interest" connected to a double slaying in Bledsoe County as their probe enters its third week.

State and local authorities are trying to narrow the search for whoever killed 41-year-old James Henry Songer and 49-year-old Robbin Juanita Martin sometime between the end of a Fourth of July concert in nearby Dunlap and the evening of July 5, when a body was spotted by a person driving past the mobile home.

"I know they developed a couple of people of interest that they were trying to track down to interview," 12th Judicial District Attorney General Mike Taylor said Monday.

Authorities are awaiting preliminary autopsy results and a cause of death.

Among the questions surrounding the slayings are whether Martin and Songer were killed by an acquaintance.

"I think there's a strong possibility that the victims knew the assailant or assailants," Taylor said. Investigators do not believe robbery was the motive in the killings.

While their killer or killers remain at-large, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents continue to conduct interviews and collect information to piece together what happened to the couple. Martin's body was found inside the home and Songer's was found outside after the passerby reported seeing his body in the yard, authorities said.

The couple's mobile home is located on Brock Hollow Road in South Bledsoe County in an area sparsely populated with a few residences separated by large pastures or woods.

According to their obituaries, Martin left behind three children and a brother; Songer left behind two children and two sisters.

Taylor said investigators still want to hear from anyone with information about the case. To pass along a tip, call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 800-TBI-FIND or 800-824-3463.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at bbenton@timesfreepress.com, 423-757-6569, on Twitter @BenBenton or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ben.benton1.


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