Kingsport police make arrest in homicide investigation

Courtesy: Kingsport Police Department

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL)- Kingsport Police arrested a man wanted in connection to an ongoing homicide investigation.

After days of searching, police were able to locate 51-year-old Jeffrey Dale Flanary near Lynn Garden Drive and I-26 Saturday morning around 10:30.

Officials with the Kingsport Police Department issued a warrant for Flanary’s arrest after discovering a man dead inside his home on Mull Street in Kingsport.

murder-suspectThe victim was identified by police as 59-year-old Michael Davidson.

“I just talked to him 3 weeks ago,” Michael Smelser, who knew Davidson, said.

Smelser had been Davidson’s landlord for over three years and describes him as a good guy that kept to himself.

“You’d like to see justice, you know, served in this case,” Smelser said.

Detectives said they believe Davidson’s death was caused by Jeffrey Flanary.

Police issued warrants for Flanary’s arrest on charges of first-degree murder, premeditated first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, and two counts of theft over $2,500.

Flanary is now being held in the Kingsport City jail without bond.

“We’re looking at quite some time before this situation is fully resolved and in the meantime, while we’re waiting for this to go to trial, there will be a continuing ongoing investigation where additional facts and details will be collected,” Tom Patton, with the Kingsport Police Department, said.

According to Kingsport police they are still waiting on an autopsy report. Flanary will be arraigned on Monday.

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