Roan Mountain teen charged in July 4th murder transferred to state facility

CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – A Roan Mountain teenager charged in a July 4th murder was ordered transferred to a state facility for “safekeeping” because of “behavioral issues” in the Carter County Jail, where he has been since his arrest.  Now, the Carter County Sheriff’s Office says it will ask the Grand Jury to indict the teen on charges of attempted first degree murder after an incident at the jail.

Anthony Lacey, 18, was charged with first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, evading arrest and two counts of theft of property stemming from the death of Danny Vance, 56, in Roan Mountain. Demetrice Cordell, 19, was also charged in that incident.

The order to transfer Lacey came from Criminal Court Judge Stacy Street on Oct. 29.

Street’s order points out that on Oct. 23 Lacy was accused of attacking a jailer by “striking him repeatedly on the head and body with a broom handle.”

The Carter County Jail and other local jails lacked the secure facilities needed to ensure the safety of jail staff or inmates who would be around Lacey, Street’s order said.

He was ordered to the Safekeeping Unit of the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

“The Defendant’s risk to others’ safety is such that he should be transported as soon as is reasonably possible,” Street’s order said.

Lacey will be moved to the Lois M. Deberry Special Needs Facility in Nashville pending his case.

Shortly after his arrest in the murder of Vance, Lacey managed to get released, briefly, from jail due to what was described at the time as a clerical error. Lacy reportedly signed release documents intended for someone else.

A jail employee was suspended for five days without pay for that error.

Vance, the Roan Mountain murder victim, was found dead on his front porch July 4th. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation assistedin processing the crime scene.

Lacey and Cordell were found hours after the discovery of Vance’s body.

Both Lacey and Cordell were bound over to the Carter County grand jury in the murder case.  The Grand Jury meets on November 17.

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