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Wanted inmate arrested in Kingsport; woman also faces charges

Johnson City Press • Jan 15, 2019 at 10:46 AM

The last of six Washington County Detention Center inmates charged in the death of a fellow inmate was arrested in Kingsport on Monday and a woman was later taken into custody after being accused of helping the man elude authorities.

Jonathan Robert Pearson, 38, was located on Stewball Circle in Kingsport, according to a release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The TBI said Pearson was taken into custody with the assistance of the Kingsport Police Department.

Pearson was charged Jan. 10 in the death of Joseph Lockner, 29, 109 Sheri St., Gray, who was found unresponsive Dec. 17 on the bathroom floor of a minimum security cell block by a detention officer after the officer heard a commotion in the bathroom area.

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