A couple has been charged with capital murder in connection to the discovery of the body of a 17-year-old girl last week on Tucker Mountain Road in Remlap.
Shannon Yager, 39, of Locust Fork, and Samantha Wright, 18, of Helena, are being held without bond after the partially-clothed body of Alexis Marie Garcia, of Birmingham, was found on Thursday, March 19.
They are charged with capital murder during the course of robbery and capital murder during the course of kidnapping, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey.
Garcia was the victim of a beating and possible strangulation by the couple although no official cause of death has been released, according to reports.
Yager and Wright, who is reported to have been one of Garcia’s friends, are in the Blount County Correctional Facility with no bond. According to the affidavit, Wright was wearing the jeans and shoes of Garcia while being interviewed at the Blount County Sheriff’s Department on March 16.
During their interviews, Wright and Yagar admitted to being with Garcia on the night of March 1 – the last night Garcia was seen alive. Both also admitted that all three had ingested multiple drugs, including meth and heroin, during that time.
Wright claims she passed out and woke up to Garcia taking off her clothes and making sexual advances to Yager. That led to an altercation between the two women, according to Yager’s interview.
Wright gave conflicting reports as to the last time she saw Garcia alive.
First, she claimed the last time she saw her was on Tucker Mountain Road next to a white Z71 truck and secondly, she claimed she saw Garcia sitting on a bag of tools in the woods.
Garcia was last seen on March 1, and her mother reported her missing on March 5.
The investigation began after authorities received a call from Michael Carey Wright, Samantha’s father. He told Blount County Sheriff’s Investigator Scott Kanaday he had received a call from his daughter that she had woken up in a room and was covered in blood. She went on to say she, Yager, and Garcia “had been walking through the woods and that she believed something bad had happened to Alexis…” Samantha hung up the phone and her father says he was unable to make further contact with her.
Garcia’s mother, Holly, also contacted the Blount County Sheriff’s Department indicating two Blount County juveniles had information related to the case, according to the affidavit.
The juveniles told investigators Samantha had said she had “possibly killed someone.” She then threatened to kill the juveniles if they told anyone.
Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey says this is an example of how drug-related crimes are not always victimless.