Knoxville Woman Moves From Federal Custody To Face Charges Of Plotting To Kill Husband And Murdering Him

Monday, June 23, 2014
Martha Ann McClancy
Martha Ann McClancy

A Knoxville woman accused of plotting the murder of, and then killing, her husband has been transferred from federal custody to face state murder charges.

At the request of 10th District Attorney General Steven Bebb, TBI special agents began investigating Martha Ann McClancy on Nov. 1, 2012. On May 15, 2006, Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at the family’s home on Unicoi Lake Road in Tellico Plains, where they found the body of Martha Ann’s husband, Robert McClancy, with a pistol in one hand and a bottle of pills in the other.

Investigators did not find a gunshot wound on his body.

 On Dec. 20, 2012, as part of the continuing investigation – and with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs and Social Security Administration’s Offices of Inspector General – Agents took a statement from Charles Kaczmarczyk, during which he stated he and Martha Ann McClancy – who married Kaczmarczyk after her husband’s death and took his name – conspired to kill Mr. McClancy by overdosing him with prescription medicine. Subsequently, Kaczmarczyk pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder on Sept. 16, 2013. The woman has since filed for divorce and dropped Kaczmarczyk’s name.

On Nov. 6, 2013, the Monroe County Grand Jury returned indictments for Martha Ann McClancy, charging the 64-year-old with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. At the time, however, the Knoxville woman was in federal prison on fraud-related charges. Upon her recent release, she was transported to the Monroe County Jail, where she was being held on $100,000 bond. On Monday, she was arraigned on the two charges.


Chattanooga Radio Icon Earl Freudenberg Gives His Last On Air Words

Chattanooga radio icon Earl Freudenberg has retired after nearly 55 years.    Friday was the last day for the longtime radio host known to many fans as "Hey Earl." (click for more)

Retired Police Chief Freeman Cooper Awarded Top Law Enforcement Honor

The Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police held its 2016 Annual Conference in Chattanooga.  This year’s Joe Casey Award went to Retired Chattanooga Police Chief Freeman Cooper. The award was presented by TACP Past President and Retired Metro Nashville Police Chief Joe Casey to Chief Cooper in the company of police chiefs and dignitaries from across the ... (click for more)

Pedestrians Have The Right Of Way - And Response

Often I visit Gold's Gym at Chestnut and 4th Street. I  park in the theater parking lot at Broad and 4th Street.  I depend on the walk signs to get me there safely.  Most days I almost get hit by someone turning left or right coming from the exit ramp off 27 or turning right on 4th street from Chestnut. This happened yesterday as I was almost mowed down by a garbage ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Gold & Ivory Tablecloth

Not long ago, in my morning reading, I happened across an obscure tale about a special tablecloth. And, as things like this are more and more wont to do, I was instantly blessed by this story. As I tracked down its origin, I learned it originally appeared in a 1954 edition of Reader’s Digest. Written by the Rev. Howard C. Schade, who at the time was the pastor of the First Reformed ... (click for more)

McColley Scores 4 TDs, McCallie Crushes Blackman, 49-10

(Story will be updated) Senior running back Shawn McColley struck early and often Friday night, scoring McCallie’s first four touchdowns and propelling the Blue Tornado to a 49-10 rout of Blackman at Spears Stadium. McColley scored on runs of 10, 37, 7 and 1 yard to lead a Tornado offensive onslaught that needed just one minute to reach the end zone. McCallie (1-1) ... (click for more)

UTC Soccer Falls To Murray State 2-0

 The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s soccer team put up a strong defensive battle Friday night at Murray, Ky., but fell 2-0 to Murray State in non-conference action. The Mocs fall to 1-2 overall and the Racers are now 1-1 on the year.   UTC freshman keeper Melia Correa (Clarksville, Tenn.) returned to the goal Friday and made six saves while her defensive ... (click for more)