Tennessee boyfriend charged after woman, mother found dead in home

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Authorities say two women were found dead inside their Tennessee home and that a man has been charged.

Posted: Dec 1, 2017 10:12 PM

PIKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say two women were found dead inside their Tennessee home and that a man has been charged.

Bledsoe County Sheriff Jimmy Morris tells WRCB-TV that the women were found in a Pikeville home Thursday night. District Attorney General Michael Taylor requested a probe by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which identified the women as 46-year-old Deanna Lawrence and her daughter, 24-year-old Dedra Lawrence.

The women lived with their boyfriends, and Deanna Lawrence's boyfriend was locked out when he arrived home. After no one answered the door, he broke a window to get inside. He found the women dead and Dedra Lawrence's boyfriend, Joe Whittenburg, unconscious.

Whittenburg was taken to a hospital, but his condition is unclear. He faces two criminal homicide counts. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

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Information from: WRCB-TV, http://www.wrcbtv.com/

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12/1/2017 12:02:35 PM (GMT -6:00)

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