- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An official in East Tennessee says a weekend blaze appears to have been set to cover up a slaying.

Greeneville Fire Chief Mark Foulks told The Johnson City Press (https://bit.ly/ORtjng) that emergency crews responding to the house fire on Sunday found two people inside the residence. He said Elizabeth Cooter was dead and Roger Dewayne Aiken was injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Foulks said firefighters contacted police because injuries suffered by Cooter and Aiken did not appear to be related to the blaze. Authorities did not reveal the type of injuries suffered by the two.

“We’re ruling it as basically a homicide and arson,” Foulks said. “The injuries the victims sustained were inconsistent with fire-related injuries. It’s believed there was foul play involved on the front end of it, and the arson was actually there to cover up the crime.”

He said the Greeneville Police Department has taken the lead on the investigation.



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Information from: Johnson City Press, https://www.johnsoncitypress.com

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