Law officers in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia outside Hamilton County investigated at least 14 homicides in 2009.
* On Jan. 7, Daniel Kemp, 17, of Resaca, Ga., was charged with murder after authorities found the body of David Lee Esslinger in a wooded area near a Kmart parking lot in Calhoun, Ga.
* On Jan. 29, Athens, Tenn., businessman Jeff Beene caught two men burglarizing his warehouse. He pulled a gun and called police, but they turned the tables and shot him in the head, police said. Daniel Lankey and Jeff Coleman are charged in the case.
* On Feb. 13, deputies in Murray County, Ga., found Stephen Lee Young, 44, stabbed to death. In March, Mr. Young's ex-wife, Rhonda Sosebee Young, was arrested in Calhoun in connection with the death of her ex-husband, according to reports.