Clinton man charged after woman's fatal fall from van

2:34 PM, May 14, 2013   |    comments
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A Clinton man is now charged, after a woman fell out of his moving vehicle last September.

A grand jury indicted James Wylie, 54, on one count of criminal homicide, one count of kidnapping and one count of leaving the scene of a death or personal injury. He was arrested on Tuesday and booked into the Anderson County jail on $500,000 bond.

Investigators say Martha Rose McGhee, 33, of Lake City, died after falling from a van driven by Wylie.  He did not stop to help her when she fell.

The 7th Judicial District Attorney General requested TBI to investigate McGhee's death with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.


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(Sept. 21, 2012) The TBI is now investigating after a woman died after she fell out of a moving vehicle in Lake City.

According to the incident report filed by the Anderson County Sheriff's Department, on September 12,  Martha McGhee, 33, "allegedly jumped" from the van while it was traveling on Cobb Hollow Road.

Witnesses told investigators that they saw McGhee arguing with her boyfriend at the Dollar General Store before they left in the van, then followed them. They said the van picked up speed and went around a sharp curve, and when they came around the curve they saw McGhee in the road.

When an officer arrived, he said McGhee was "unresponsive with labored breathing."  She was transported to UT Medical Center by Lifestar, where she later died.

District Attorney General Dave Clark asked TBI to investigate whether there was any foul play involved in McGhee's death. 

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