District Lawyer: Knox County seeing a ‘vital improve’ in homicides

District Attorney: Knox County seeing a 'significant increase' in homicides

In January 2021, prosecutors announced that there had been 10 murders. That’s from two murders in January 2020.

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn – The district attorney was busy in Knox County.

“Unfortunately, the homicide rate this year is definitely higher than last year,” District Attorney Charme Allen told 10News. “”[It’s] Not only did I go about law enforcement, but my co-workers as well. “

She said her assistant prosecutors worked around the clock to resolve and prosecute these cases.

“Unfortunately you were very busy during that time,” she said. “Obviously, if this rate continues all year round, we will see a very significant increase. We hope that doesn’t happen.”

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In January 2021, prosecutors announced that there had been 10 murders within the county lines. That’s from two murders in January 2020.

In 2020, General Allen said he had committed 45 murders in total. Only two of them took place in January.

There were 10 murders in Knox County in the first month of 2021.

“We are well aware that 10 murders mean 10 families affected by this death,” said General Allen. “We’re working very hard to solve these murders.”

General Allen said this problem was not limited to Knoxille.

“This is happening in our state and across the country. We are seeing an increase in murders,” she said. “It’s not unique to Knoxville.”

However, there were some trends in the January shootout group.

“About 40 percent of the murders we’ve seen so far have been related to domestic violence,” General Allen said. “All of the murders we’ve had so far this year have been committed with guns.”

General Allen said it usually takes public help to resolve some of these cases.

“We really need the public to help us and help us resolve these cases and prosecute and hold people accountable,” she said.