3 Athens, Tn., Teens Charged In Polk County Murder

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Three teens from Athens, Tn., have been charged in a murder in Polk County that happened Wednesday of last week.

Robert Jerome Benton, 18, was taken into custody along with two juveniles.

Authorities said the three victims knew the three teens who were charged.

They said there was an exchange of property going on when an argument broke out and a fight started. Then one of the trio from Athens pulled a gun and started shooting at the home in the 9800 block of Highway 411..

Timothy Maklain Lawson of Bradley County was killed.

Charles D. Buffkin of Polk County was shot. James Meeks of Bradley County was not injured.

The trio are charged with felony murder and especially aggravated robbery.



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