Breaking News: Arrest Made in Double Homicide Case in East Roane County in May

Lonnie Dale Wright, 48

The Roane County Sheriff’s Department made an arrest of an individual wanted in connection to the double homicide case which occurred May 17th on Buck Creek Road in East Roane County, where two people were found dead inside a home. Sheriff Jack Stockton confirmed the arrest of one individual, Lonnie Dale Wright, 48, who was taken into custody somewhere in the Mays Valley Community North of Harriman around 6:30 today. Wright is being held on $2 Million bond.

You may recall Deputies were called to the 600 Block of Buck Creek Road in East Roane County on Monday, May 17th, 2022, and when they arrived, they were informed there was a person unresponsive in the house and that the doors were locked. After making entry, deputies reported finding a man and woman dead inside. The victims were identified as 67-year-old Steve Groover and 62-year-old Cindy Scruggs, both of Kingston. Both bodies were sent to the regional forensics center in Knoxville for autopsies. 

Lonnie Dale Wright

Eye ColorBLU
Hair ColorBRO
Height5 10
Admit Date07-25-2022
Admit Time6:32 PM
Confining AgencyRoane
Charge Offense Date Court Type Court Date Bond Bond Type Charging Agency Arresting Agency 
First Degree Muder07-25-2022General Session Humphrey08-09-2022$1,000,000.00Appearance BondRoaneROANE – TN0730000
First Degree Muder07-25-2022General Session Humphrey08-09-2022$1,000,000.00Appearance BondRoaneROANE – TN0730000
Especially Aggravated Burglary07-25-2022General Session Humphrey08-09-2022  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
Especially Aggravated Robbery07-25-2022General Session Humphrey08-09-2022  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
Burglary Of Motor Vehicle – Theft Of Vehicle Parts/Accessories07-25-2022General Session Humphrey08-09-2022  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
Theft Of Motor Vehicle (($2500 – $9999)07-25-2022General Session Humphrey08-09-2022  RoaneROANE – TN0730000
Vandalism ($1,001-$9,999)07-25-2022General Session Humphrey08-09-2022  RoaneROANE – TN0730000

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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