Sullivan County man arrested in connection to man found dead in Bluff City


Sullivan County, TENN (WJHL) – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Sullivan County man in connection to a Bluff City homicide.

On August 10th, at the request of 2nd District Attorney General Barry Staubus, TBI agents began investigating the death of Herman Rumley, shortly after his body was discovered inside his home on Woods Road in Bluff City. During the course of the investigation, agents developed information leading to James Lee Fagans  as an individual responsible for Rumley’s death.

Police arrested Fagans and charged him with one count of Second Degree Murder. He was subsequently booked into the Sullivan County Jail. His bond has not yet been set.

TBI was requested to investigate this case because Rumley was suing the Sullivan County Sheriff’s office for an incident that happened in May of 2017.

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