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Derrick Sells arrested; charged with first degree murder in connection to Boones Creek homicide

UPDATE: Fall Branch man charged in Boones Creek triple homicide

{p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"}A family is feeling a sense of relief, after police 33-year-old Derrick Benjamin Sells of Kingsport, who is accused of killing a couple and their unborn child in a home in the Boones Creek community of Washington County, Tennessee on Dec. 3.WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. -

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{p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"}Police were called to the home on Friendship Court on Dec. 4 after friends went to check on the family but were unable to reach them. That's when Robert and Kyanna Vaughn, who was six months pregnant, were found dead from gunshot wounds.

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{p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"}As soon as Washington County, Tennessee deputies determined Sells was their lead suspect, they put him under surveillance. Sells had a previous criminal history in Sullivan County, and deputies in those counties arrested him on Monday for violating his probation. Washington County, Tennessee District Attorney Tony Clark says the violation of probation was for felony Reckless Endangerment and felony Evading from Law Enforcement.

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{p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"}Authorities say Sells was a friend of the victim, Robert Vaughn. They say the two spoke on the phone the night of his death. "[Sells] told [Vaughn] he was going to come over, so that's what put us together on a lot of things that we had to investigate," Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff Ed Graybeal says. "We knew at the time the shootings took place, he was at the house."

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{p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"}Deputies were originally called to the crime scene on Dec. 4, but the sheriff says investigators determined the shooting actually took place the day before. They also say it happened in front of the couple's three and six-year-old children, who weren't harmed in the incident.

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{p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"}Sells is now facing a long list of charges, including three counts of First Degree Murder, three counts of Felony Murder, Aggravated Robbery, and Aggravated Child Neglect. District Attorney Clark says the last charge is for leaving the children alone in the home alone after their parents were killed. "The state of Tennessee and we recognize that baby as being, a person," District Attorney Clark says. "So every charge we could charge him with against the adults, we charged with the fetus as well."

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{p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"}We also asked District Attorney Clark if he'd consider the death penalty in this case. He says "there are criteria there that meet the elements of a death penalty case, but we haven't looked at that yet."

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{p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"}Right now, Sells is being held in the Washington County Detention Center on a $1,000,000 bond. Sheriff Graybeal says they haven't determined a motive yet, but they do know sells took several items from the Vaughn's home that authorities then found while searching his home.

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