- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted a man on a first-degree murder count in connection with a fatal stabbing inside a church on the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (https://avlne.ws/1jTN0tW) 22-year-old Forrest Dakota Hill has been indicted in the stabbing death of 25-year-old Tyler Gaddis of Whittier. Gattis was found on March 29 inside Smokemont Baptist Church off U.S. 441 north of Cherokee.

A medical examiner’s report found Gattis was stabbed 19 times.

Court documents say the Cherokee Indian Police Department received a 911 call that indicated a man had been stabbed and was bleeding at the church. Police and Cherokee Indian EMS responded and determined Gaddis was dead.

A motion was filed Thursday in federal court to continue the trial to Feb. 22.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com


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