East Tennessee man charged with killing dad during truck theft

Ricky Hemlick (Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say a Sneedville man has been charged with killing his father and a woman while stealing a truck.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Ricky Helmick Jr. was indicted Monday on charges including first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and theft in the deaths of 57-year-old Ricky Helmick Sr., and 37-year-old Natasha Riley.

The victims were found shot to death at a home in Sneedville. Authorities say Ricky Helmick Jr. killed them while trying to steal his father’s truck.

He was booked in Hamblen County Jail on $750,000 bond. It’s not immediately known if he has lawyer.

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