Weaver pleads not guilty in Kingsport dental office murder case

Rain Smith • Aug 19, 2019 at 3:09 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — The man accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife in a Kingsport dental office has pleaded not guilty.

Harry Weaver, 63, was arraigned Monday morning. Last month, a Sullivan County grand jury confirmed charges, indicting Weaver on counts of first-degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping, attempt to commit second-degree murder, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault. Weaver has now entered a plea of not guilty to every charge.

Weaver is next set to appear in court on Oct. 29. At that time, prosecutors expect to know if they will move forward as a capital case and seek the death penalty.

According to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Harry Weaver was going through a divorce with his wife, Kelly Weaver, age 52. She had obtained a restraining order against him, but on the morning of Feb. 13 he arrived at her place of employment, David A. Guy Dentistry in Colonial Heights.

During a bond hearing in March, witnesses described how Harry Weaver burst in waving a gun and screaming, “Kelly, I told you I was going to get you!” He reportedly entered the dental office through an adjacent, adjoined business where he used to do maintenance work.

Witnesses said he grabbed Kelly Weaver by the hair and tried to pull her to the back of the building. As co-workers attempted to intervene, Harry Weaver allegedly shot Kelly Weaver in the head, then turned the gun on another employee. He reportedly opened fire on that woman but she was not struck.

Also giving testimony was Larry Seagroves, a carry permit holder who was being treated at the dentist office. Seagroves pulled his revolver and shot Harry Weaver, then held him at gunpoint until officers arrived.

During that time, Harry Weaver allegedly taunted Kelly's co-workers: “She’s dead! She’s dead!”

His own gunshot wounds led to two weeks in the hospital prior to being booked into jail. He remains held in the Blountville facility on $1 million bond.

During Monday's court appearance, Harry Weaver was also ordered to have no contact with Kelly Weaver's family. According to Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Kaylin Render, the move was spurred by Harry Weaver writing a letter from jail to Kelly Weaver's mother.

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