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07/09/08 - Carlisle

Update: Murder In Carlisle Linked To Meth Lab

Authorities say 18 year old Michael Ray Knight was shot 3 times yesterday morning at a home on CR 488, just outside the Carlisle community, in Rusk County.

KLTV 7 News' Bob Hallmark has more on the twists in a case involving what police call a home methamphetamines lab and a young man who made an ill-fated decision not to leave when reportedly asked.

Investigators say two 9-1-1 calls were made from the Carlisle neighborhood home, the first from Michael Knight, in fear of his life, the second from 25 year old Brence Darragh, saying he had shot Knight.

"We understand he told him three times to leave and on the 3rd time he said I'm going to give you to 3 to leave, and all three times he said shoot me," said Glen Deason, the Rusk County Sheriff.

But investigators say the Castle Doctorine didn't apply here, as there was no sign of a forced entry or eminent danger for Darragh.

"It appears he might have been welcomed in, he didn't break in," said Sheriff Deason.

Some who knew Knight were angry that he met his end in what they say was a known meth house.

"When you find out where it is, do something about it, get it out of here. We don't need it here," said neighbor Edson Smith.

But, was it known to investigators?

Sheriff Deason says, no. "When we left this building going on the call, we didn't know we were going to a house that had a meth lab in it."

A search warrant produced the meth lab discovery.

Darragh was arraigned on first degree murder charges, and considered a literal flight risk.

"It was brought to my attention that he has a pilot's liscense and a plane, and we considered him a flight risk so I set his bond at $2 million dollars," said Bob Richardson, Rusk County Justice of the Peace.

What was said between Knight and Darragh may never be known, but it cost one his life and the other his freedom.

Recordings of the 9-1-1 calls are being held as eveidence in the case.

Though the  meth lab operation was discovered in the home, no other arrests have been made. That case is under continued investigation.

Bob Hallmark, reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com  

 

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