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Published on April 01, 2024
Loudon County Murder Probe, Knoxville Man in Custody Over Deaths of Couple in Greenback ResidenceSource: Facebook/Loudon County Sheriff's Office, TN.

In a grisly discovery in Loudon County, authorities are piecing together the events that led to the murder of two local homeowners. The Loudon County Sheriff's Office confirmed the investigation is ongoing after two individuals were found dead at a Greenback residence on Sunday. As reported by WVLT, the deceased, who were husband and wife, were the owners of the home located at 25688 Highway 321 South.

Responders first arrived at the scene upon receiving a call from a neighbor, stumbling upon the man's body in the backyard, while his wife was later found dead inside their home. According to WBIR, both victims had succumbed to stab wounds. While the identities of the victims have not been released pending family notification, police have a suspect in custody—53-year-old Julian P. Goodrum of Knoxville—who reportedly had close ties to the victims.

Authorities believe the murders occurred on Saturday afternoon, potentially between noon and 5:00 p.m. Goodrum is suspected to have dined with the couple shortly before their untimely deaths. According to the Sheriff's Office, Goodrum, who is now held at Loudon County Detention Center, may be grappling with a mental breakdown and possibly suffers from PTSD due to his military service, as they told WVLT.

WATE reports that the investigation remains active and ongoing, with detectives meticulously working through the evidence to understand the circumstances that led to such a betrayal and loss.