Sheriff: Argument over tithe money ends with Tennessee man killing his wife

Tennessee man accused of murdering wife over tithe money argument

UNICOI COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – The Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office reports an Erwin man is facing first-degree murder charges after his wife died from injuries in a weekend shooting.  The Unicoi County Sheriff told News Channel 11 the shooting stemmed from an argument over tithe money.

“The argument started over some tithe monies that he had that was going to go to a church and he was accusing her of stealing the money,” Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley said.

Officers say 76-year-old Norman Tobey McKinney alerted a deputy in front of the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office that ‘he believed he had just killed his wife’.

Norman McKinney (Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)
Norman McKinney (Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

Officers responded to a home on Masters Street where they found an 81-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to the head.

She was airlifted to the Johnson City Medical Center where she later died.

“All in all they were good people. Never did have nothing out of the ordinary. The neighbors up there told me that they was real nice to them, never did hear anything out of the way. It’s just a tragedy,” Hensley said.

McKinney is currently being held in the Unicoi County Jail. His bond was set at $300,000 in General Sessions Court on Monday.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is also investigating the incident.

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