Jury Convicts man in 2014 Shooting Death in Home Burglary
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A man has been found guilty in the 2014 shooting death of a Knox County man in a home burglary.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports a jury convicted Jeffrey Willard Wooten on Friday of charges including felony murder, carjacking and aggravated robbery.
Wooten was charged in 44-year-old Randy George Lands’ death in May 2014.
Court records say Wooten broke into Lands’ home and shot him in the back of the head before then carjacking Lands’ sister at gunpoint as she and her mother returned home.
Wooten later led authorities on a high-speed chase before crashing.
Authorities say at the time of the killing, Wooten was wanted in an earlier robbery at a Waffle House in Gwinnett County, Georgia, in which the robber wore overalls and brandished a pitchfork.