Following a preliminary hearing Nov. 3 at the Loudon County Justice Center, a local man’s first-degree murder case will go before a grand jury next month.
Timothy Eugene Hansen, 48, of Lenoir City was charged with first-degree murder after law enforcement found a 47-year-old woman dead Aug. 11 in a bathroom at 810 Bell Ave. Hansen called 911 at 9:40 p.m.
Jed Bassett, 9th Judicial assistant district attorney, said plans are to present the case Dec. 13.
According to a report from Lenoir City Police Inv. Jason Smith, the woman was lying on the bathroom floor with a fatal gunshot wound to the back of the head.
“Mr. Hansen admitted he shot Ms. Garcia,” according to the report. “Text messages on Ms. Garcia’s phone show at 9:04 p.m. she received a message from Mr. Hansen’s phone stating: ‘I knew you were cheating on me.’ Mr. Hansen also asks, ‘Where r u’ and ‘Answer.’ Ms. Garcia responded, ‘I’m scared you will hurt me’.”
Officers located a .22-caliber rifle and shell casing in the living room adjacent to the bathroom.
Lenoir City Police Chief Don White said Hansen initially said his dog alerted him that there may have been an intruder in the bathroom, which was what led to the shooting.
“The evidence in the house, just based on the blood, based on the lights, based on everything that we saw — that story did not make sense. It didn’t add up,” White said. “So as the investigation unfolded and the text messages were read and interviews with the neighbors, it just all came together.
“... Our goal is always to do our investigation thoroughly and fairly and make sure that we have a successful prosecution for the victim,” he added. “In this case, we feel like we have done our due diligence. Our investigators have done a phenomenal job and working with our district attorney’s office and our EMS services and we were able to put the case together. I do believe that we will have successful prosecution at the end of the day.”