Carter man indicted for second-degree murder

By Kathy Helms-Hughes

   The man accused of killing a Johnson City Press paper carrier was indicted Monday by a Carter County Grand Jury on a charge of second-degree murder.
   Timothy Lee Demery, 24, was arrested March 14 and charged with the shooting death of David Harmon, 1531 Whispering Pines Road, Unicoi. Harmon's body was found wrapped in a blanket and quilt in the bed of his pickup, parked at a Johnson City church on Orleans Street.
   Demery was apprehended later at a trailer in Jonesborough, where he was found hiding under some clothes.
   According to testimony presented at Demery's preliminary hearing May 29 in General Sessions Court, Carter County Sheriff's Department officers were dispatched to the scene of the shooting, 1990 King Springs Road, Johnson City, where Demery lived, around 4:30 p.m. March 14.
   Officers recovered a .25 automatic pistol, a .22 rifle, a knife, doors with writing on them, blood-stained carpet, a bedspread and other items.
   Sgt. George Skeans testified at the hearing that Demery thought Harmon or one of Harmon's friends had taken $220 from the mobile home where he lived and he wanted the money back. He also told the investigator that an altercation occurred when he approached Harmon for the money.
   Harmon was shot 15 times, with one round striking him in the head near the bridge of the nose.