Harriman Woman Indicted, Charged in Ongoing Homicide Investigation

Samantha Anne Hendley

ANDERSON COUNTY– More than seven years of casework by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment and arrest of a Harriman woman in connection to a 2014 homicide.

On December 8, 2014, 29-year-old Thomas Steven Thrasher Jr., known as T.S., was shot and killed inside his Oak Ridge apartment. After receiving a request from 7th District Attorney General Dave Clark, TBI agents began working alongside the Oak Ridge Police Department to investigate the case. During the course of the investigation, Samantha Anne Hendley (DOB: 8/20/86), Thrasher’s wife, was identified as a person of interest.

Last week, the Anderson County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Hendley with one count of First Degree Murder. This morning, she was arrested and booked into the Anderson County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond.

Back in 2002, TS Thrasher was an student intern here at BBB TV-12. We’re personally happy that there may finally be some closure to this case.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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