Maryville man dead following incident
A 25-year-old Maryville man was found dead Sunday with an apparent stab wound at the Abrams Creek Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
A press release issued Monday afternoon from the National Park Service identified the victim as Steven Lynn Davis.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Department headed off the investigation at first, after which the investigation was turned over to park service and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials.
In a press release issued Monday, R. Joe Clark, Special Agent in Charge of the Knoxville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Sheriff James Berrong of Blount County, Tennessee, and Bill Wright, Chief Ranger of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, announced the arrest of William Joseph Moyers, Jr., age 42, of Alcoa, in connection with the murder.
Moyers was charged via an authorized criminal complaint today in United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville with one count violation of Title 18 United States Code section 1111 (a), Murder within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States – specifically second degree murder in a national park. Moyers was taken into custody early in the morning of May 21, 2005, at Abrams Creek Campground following the death of Davis.
Moyers was provided an initial appearance this afternoon in front of United States Magistrate Clifford C. Shirley. He was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal with a detention hearing and a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
The National Park Service’s statement indicated that alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the altercation.
Park officials closed the 16-site campground, which was almost full to capacity on Saturday night, following the incident. The campground reopened around 3:30 p.m. Monday.