Kenneth Owen Whited, 58, of Oneonta, has been indicted on seven counts in connection with the death of his cousin, Donald Clayton Whited, 66, who was found dead in his burnedout home on Ebell Road in January, according to officials.
Kenneth was booked into the Blount County Correctional Facility on March 17 after he was indicted for the following charges – capital murder for pecuniary gain, capital murder during burglary, capital murder during arson, capital murder during kidnapping, criminal solicitation for murder, and two counts of animal cruelty, according to Captain Tim Kent with the Blount County Sheriff’s Department. He is being held without bond.
Initially, he was charged with solicitation to commit capital murder and released from the Blount County Correction Facility after he posted a $150,000 property bond, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey.
With the recent developments, Casey said her office will proceed with the prosecution, and the determination regarding the possibility of asking for the death penalty will be decided later.
Two other suspects have been arrested for the crime. On Feb. 3, a Blount County grand jury indicted Jimmy Lane Maxwell, 58, for capital murder for pecuniary gain, capital murder during burglary, capital murder during arson, capital murder during kidnapping, conspiracy to commit murder, and two counts of animal cruelty. As of Tuesday, he was in the Blount County Correctional Facility with no bond.
Pamela Ellen Rains, 54, of Oneonta, was charged with hindering prosecution. As of Tuesday, she remained in the Blount County Correctional Facility on $80,000 bond.
According to Maxwell’s indictment, on Jan. 13, Donald Whited was restrained, shot in the head, and a fire was started at his residence.
Trial dates have not been announced.