An Alamo man, who was recently released from prison, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon following the death of 30-year-old Ashley Clem on Saturday, April 10.
A joint homicide investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and the Crockett County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) has resulted in the arrest of Kenny Evans, 40.
At the request of 28th District Attorney General Frederick Agee, TBI agents joined investigators with the CCSD in investigating the death of Clem after deputies responded to a 911 call from Dupree Road on Saturday evening.
Deputies found Clem fatally shot inside of her home. During the course of the investigation, authorities developed information that identified Evans as the individual responsible.
Early morning Tuesday, April 13, Evans was located in Brownsville and taken into custody by TBI agents with the assistance of the CCSD and Brownsville Police Department.
According to the arrest warrant, Evans intentionally killed Clem and admitted to shooting her after he was read his rights.
Evans was released from Trousdale Turner Correctional Center on December 8, 2020 after serving a combined sentence of 12 years including his guilty plea for the September 2010 murder of Tim Johnson on Autumn Valley Drive in Alamo.
According to 2012 news articles, Johnson was shot in the chest and found near the road where Johnson and Evans were neighbors.
The Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) explained that his combined 12-year sentence was for voluntary manslaughter and employment a firearm in the commission of voluntary manslaughter. He was to serve six years on each charge consecutively at 30 percent.
According to TDOC, Evans had multiple disciplinary issues while incarcerated. Issues included assaulting staff, tampering with security equipment and contraband. In these instances, he would have been fined to his trust fund account, placed on segregation or had his visitation rights suspended.
Evans has been booked into the Crockett County Jail and is being held without bond for Clem’s murder.
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