Sheriff identifies sisters killed in Unicoi Co. double murder

Clyde William Banner (Source: Unicoi County Sheriff's Department)

UNICOI COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – The Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office has revealed the names of the two sisters who were killed Wednesday morning.  Hours after their reported deaths, double-murder suspect, 63-year-old Clyde William Banner, was captured in Madison County, NC.

Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley identified the victims as 34-year-old Donna Jones and 29-year-old Amy Jones. The women lived in the same home as Banner. Banner is also the reported boyfriend of the women’s mother.

In a joint news conference with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday afternoon, Sheriff Hensley of Unicoi County and Sheriff Harwood of Madison County said it was a team effort to get Banner into custody. Sheriff Hensley said he’s been extradited back to Unicoi County and is in jail.

According to court records, their bodies were found shortly after authorities received a 911 call about a shooting in the 900 block of Lower Higgins Creek Road in Erwin, TN.

Clyde William Banner (Source: Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department)

 

When officers arrived on the scene, that’s when they found the bodies of the sisters.

The sisters were found in the living room with gunshot wounds to the head.

According to court records, a witness told authorities he saw Banner fire a shotgun in the same room as the victims. Witnesses said Banner ran out of the back door of the home and threatened the witness and neighbors with the shotgun, but drove away in what authorities identified as an older model pickup truck.

A witness, told investigators (as noted in court records), that Banner borrowed the shotgun the night before.

“She went through the back door, he was standing in the living room with a shot gun, she actually heard the shots. She ran from the back door of the residence and he came out screaming that he would kill them all, “Sheriff Hensley said.

Hensley said Banner then got in his truck possibly heading to Madison County and that’s when he contacted Sheriff Harwood. A BOLO ( a be-on-the-lookout call) was issued to surrounding agencies.

They were then able to flag his credit card and saw he used it in Madison County. Not long after, a driver recognized Banner’s car and deputies were able to arrest him in a coffee shop parking lot in Marshall, NC.

Investigators are still working to figure out more about him.

“I know him because I know everyone in Unicoi County but I don’t think that I’ve ever had any dealings with him on a criminal basis,” Sheriff Hensley said.

Hensley said they’re checking on a possible criminal past.

The Department of Children’s Services is also involved because one of the victims has five children in Unicoi County Schools.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the State Bureau of Investigation in North Carolina is processing evidence from the crime scene.

Sheriff Hensley said they’re still trying to determine a motive in this case. He has a bond hearing in the morning.

Sheriff Harwood said a Madison County deputy got into an accident on the way to the scene. He and the other driver are okay.

Banner has been charged with fugitive of justice in Madison County and two charges of first-degree murder in Unicoi County.

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