Update: Teen charged with killing his grandparents will be tried as an adult

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  • Clyde Fannin (photo provided by Newport News Police Department)

A Hawkins County teen accused of killing his grandparents in April will be tried as an adult.

Brandon Fannin appeared in court Tuesday morning.  He is charged with 1st degree murder in the deaths of his grandparents who he lived with, Clyde and Linda Fannin.

According to the Hawkins Couny DAG's office, Fannin's case could go before a grand jury in October.  Prosecutors cannot seek the death penalty. 

Autopsy results showed the grandfather. Clyde Fannin, had over 20 gunshots to the head and the grandmother, Linda Fannin, had at least 17 stab wounds and several fractured bones.

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After spending two days on the run, a Hawkins County teen accused of killing a Surgoinsville couple is now behind bars.

The Hawkins County Sheriff's Office said Monday the teenager who lived with Clyde and Linda Fannin will face two counts of first degree murder for their deaths.

Authorities did not name the teen, only to say he lived at the Fannin's house along Stanley Valley Road. Previously referred to as a "person of interest", the teen was taken into custody around three o'clock Monday morning when he returned to the home.

Detective Randy Collier said he admitted to the murders during questioning.

"We were able to get enough out of that interview alone with the facts that we found at the house to charge him with two counts of first degree murder," he said.

The couple was found inside their home Saturday afternoon. A family member asked the sheriff's department to check on their welfare when Linda Fannin didn't show up at a family event.

Clyde Fannin is a retired police officer from Newport News, Virginia. That department said he was shot to death. In a statement, a spokesperson said Master Police Officer Fannin served more than 31 years on the force.

"MPO Fannin was a well respected officer working varied assignments throughout his career. Officer Fannin is sorely missed by his NNPD family," said Harold O. Eley, Assistant Public Information Officer.

Hawkins County authorities declined to comment on the manner in which the Fannin's were killed. Collier said they will be taken to East Tennessee State University where autopsies will be conducted. Collier said the suspect will be held at a juvenile detention facility until he is arraigned.

"We want the community to feel safe again, we have the suspect in custody, we want the community to feel safe," he said. 

Previous: 16-year-old person of interest in custody in Hawkins double murder

A 16-year-old person of interest is now in custody in a double murder in Surgoinsville.

Dispatchers confirm that 16-year-old is in the custody of the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office and is being interviewed.

Clyde and Linda Fannin were found dead Saturday at their home on Stanley Valley Road. According to Fannin's former police department, he was shot to death.

Hawkins County deputies made the discovery after a welfare check on the couple was requested by Linda Fannin's sister. The couple had failed to show up for a social engagement.

Clyde Fannin is a retired Newport News, Virginia, police officer. The police department there said Fannin had 31 years of exemplary service, from 1971 to 2003, working varied assignments throughout his career. His final assignment was from 1996 to 2003, working vice/narcotics to fight the street level drug trade.

More information in the case is expected to be released shortly; the sheriff's office is working on a press release.

Previous: Authorities search for 16-year-old in double murder

Authorities in Hawkins County are searching for the person or persons responsible for two murders in Surgoinsville.

TBI has identified the victims as Clyde and Linda Fannin. Hawkins county deputies found the couple Saturday at their home on Stanley Valley Road. 

They are searching for a 16-year-old person of interest that may be involved with the case. They have not released a name.

TBI says they found the couple when Hawkins County Deputies responded to a welfare check requested by Linda's sister, after Linda did not show up to a planned outing.

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