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The Southern Democrat, March 13, 1953

Blount County farmer found slashed to death near Allgood

Samuel Percy Garrison, 55-year-old Blount County farmer was found slashed to death near here, and a 19-year-old farm hand was placed in county jail on first degree murder charge.

Garrison’s body was found about 8 a.m. behind the house of a neighboring farm by his 11-year-old grandson. About three hours later, Louis Graves, Jr., was arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies Tom Garrett and Ott Dingler at Nectar, about 10 miles from the scene of the slaying. Graves said he was on the way to his father’s home in Bangor.

Sheriff W.C. Copeland said Graves admitted slashing Garrison after the latter had struck him. The sheriff said Graves had a wound of the head apparently caused by some blunt weapon. The sheriff said he had reports of a previous fight between the two last Saturday night. He quoted witnesses as saying Garrison went to a neighboring farm where Graves was employed to talk to him. He was accompanied by his grandson. After he arrived, he sent the boy home.

The youth returned later and found Garrison lying on the ground behind the farmhouse. Deputy Garrett said he found a butcher knife in the kitchen of the farmhouse. He said efforts had been made to wash the knife, but traces of blood remained.

After Graves’ arrest, Blount County Solicitor Carl NeSmith issued a warrant charging him with first degree murder. Garrison, a tenant farmer, is survived by his widow and several children.

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