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UPDATE Two held on $1m bond for murder charges

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Swain County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men in the county on an attempted murder charge on Friday, May 10. On Wednesday, May 15 the charges were upgraded to first degree murder charges.

Daniel Ryan Sutton, 35, of 2845 Ball Town Road in Swain County, along with Jeremy Dwight Solomon, 36, homeless, were both charged with felony first degree murder of Jackie Carl Thomasson, 65, following an assault that occurred on McCracken Road in the Galbreath Creek community on Friday, May 10. 

A search warrant was also issued for the residence and two vehicles, a blue Chevrolet pickup truck and a red Chevy pickup truck. 

Solomon and Sutton, along with a woman, allegedly followed the Thomasson and a woman to the residence, according to the probable cause section of the search warrant.

When the two got out of the car, Solomon and a woman confronted Thomasson and Solomon punched him in the face. The victim pulled a knife out of his pocket and advised them to leave. Then, Solomon allegedly knocked the knife from Thomasson's hand and said he would “blast his head off” with a handgun, pointing to his waist. 

Then, Sutton allegedly came behind Thomasson and struck him in the head with a wooden object and continued to strike him once he had hit the ground.

Thomasson was transported to University of Tennessee Hospital to be treated for the severe head trauma, which he later died from.

Among the items seized in the warrant were: swabbings from the tailgate of the blue Chevy, a cell phone, a pocket knife, shoes and linens with blood stains and a shovel with a Styrofoam cup attached.

Additional items were seized from a residence on Ball Town Road. Among those items was a handgun, a wooden stick, ammunition, a container with white crystal substance, glass pipe, syringes, cell phones and clothing.

Both Solomon and Sutton are being held in the Swain County Detention Center on a $1 million secured bond each.

Both men are scheduled to appear in Swain County Superior Court on May 30. 

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