Henry County Homicide Investigation; Son Charged in Father's Death
HENRY COUNTY, Tenn. - Henry County Deputies are investigating an apparent homicide in Paris after neighbors found Timothy Childress, 52, fatally shot inside his of home, Saturday. "A neighbor called in and said that his neighbor was deceased," said Sgt. David Powell, Henry County Sheriff's Dept. "I don't think it was actually called in as a gunshot wound at that time. According to deputy this morning it was pretty clear that it was a homicide." Investigators said Childress was found to have one fatal gunshot wound. The victim's son, 32-year-old John Eric Childress, was charged with first degree murder, Sunday. Childress is being held at the Henry County Jail in lieu of a $1 million dollars bond. "He was actually wanted out of Murfreesboro for domestic assault charges and I think that's what may have sprung up to this," said Sgt. Powell. Officials said around 2 a.m., while deputies were conducting interviews near the crime scene, John Childress approached one of the squad cars where he was immediately taken into custody. "I mean it's just sad and it's scary to think that everything came to this point that it is," said neighbor Kathryn Farmer. "I mean that violence is the way that it is now. You used to think that Henry county would never have a murder, especially a son killing a father. That's just crazy." Neighbors who knew the victim told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that he was a well-known, decent man. They said he was a good neighbor and father, and they could not imagine a reason why anyone, especially a family member, would want to hurt him. "You think about strangers coming out and shooting you and doing crimes against you, but you don't ever think that your own son would come out and just shoot you," said Farmer. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Tennessee Highway Patrol are both assisting Sheriff Deputies with their investigation. Anyone with any information in this case is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff's Department Crime Tip Hot line at (731) 642-0929.