Officers from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office responded to 996 South Road and found a white male with a gunshot wound to the head area. The victim was taken by helicopter to Johnson City Medical Center but did not survive.
Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit responded to 996 South Road and conducted an investigation.
As a result of the investigation the following person was charged and arrested for Second Degree Murder:
Thomas James Laing
996 South Road
Thomas James Laing, 57, was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate and given a $300,000.00 secured bond and a court date of May 17, 2012.
The name of the victim is being withheld at this time pending notification of family.