UPDATE: Flanary indicted for January murder of Kingsport homeowner


The man arrested and charged in the January murder of a Kingsport homeowner made his first appearance in criminal court on Thursday following his indictment by a Sullivan County grand jury.

Jeffery Dale Flanary, 52, is accused by police of choking Michael Davidson to death while he slept then tying him up and covering his body with a blanket on Jan. 24.

Flanary was captured during a manhunt on Feb. 6 in the Lynn Garden community and an affidavit obtained by News 5 said Flanary confessed to killing Davidson, who had invited him into his home to stay the night.