Erwin woman charged with first-degree murder in Unicoi Co. stabbing death

Ricina Patrick (Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

UNICOI COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agents along with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office charged an Erwin woman with first-degree murder following an investigation into the stabbing death of a 55-year-old man Monday morning.

Around 10 a.m., deputies, as well as Erwin Police Department officers, responded to a home in the 300 block of Tipton Street Monday.

When they arrived, they found Ricky Lynn Price, 55, at a neighbor’s home with multiple stab wounds.

Price was taken to Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

A nearby high school was placed on lockdown, as a precautionary measure, until the scene was secured.

During the investigation, Ricina B. Patrick, 29, was developed as a suspect in the case.

TBI said Patrick was Price’s girlfriend and the two lived together.

According to the release, TBI agents arrested and charged Patrick with first-degree murder.

Patrick was taken to Unicoi County Jail, where she was being held on $500,000 bond.

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