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Investigation into unusual death in Athens

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ATHENS, TN (WRCB) - The investigation into the bizarre death of an Athens woman continues as her husband sits behind bars.

It's been one week since 51-year old Janie Hall died from a cut leg. Her husband, Adrian Hall, claimed he was trying to hit a skunk with a piece a metal but hit her instead. Detectives aren't buying it, now charging the husband with second degree murder.

It was along South Congress Parkway where Athens Police say Adrian Hall flagged down help as his wife, Janie, lay in pain in the grassy ditch with a cut leg. Emergency responders say she was moving, but not talking when they arrived. She died at the hospital.

"I'm speechless. I don't really know what to say. It's horrible. It's absolutely horrible," Teresa Guffey said.

Teresa Guffey owns the storage building business next door to the scene. The incident happened around 4 a.m. so not too many people were around. A passing fire crew called 911 on their way to a fire.

"Right here probably 25 feet from my business. Very shocking," Guffey said.

Adrian Hall told detectives they've been living in a tent in the woods. He awoke to a skunk in their tent and used a piece of metal to attack it. He says he accidentally cut Janie's leg, which caused her to bleed to death.

Word of the unusual death has spread through town. Many questions raised about how it played out.

"Think there's probably more to it than that," Guffey said.

Upon further investigation of the tent, detectives they found a bloody knife and a large amount of blood leading them to believe she bled there for awhile before he ran to the road for help.

They say even more didn't add up-- there wasn't a skunk smell in the tent and he couldn't explain how their inflatable mattresses weren't punctured.

They've now charged him with second degree murder. The whole story has rattled neighbors, especially because they had no idea anybody was living in that section of woods.


"This just really hit home. I'm going to be a lot more cautious from here on out," Guffey said.

Athens Police arrested Adrian Hall Thursday.
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