Carter County man accused of killing mother expected in court today

The man accused of killing his mother earlier this month is due in court today. 

Carter County native John Christopher Ralph is charged with first-degree murder after his mother Betty was found dead in her home on Reynolds Road in Elizabethton. 

He is expected to appear in court for a status hearing and could find out if he can make bond. Ralph’s bond currently is set at $1 million. 

Ralph was arrested at a Georgia airport earlier this month after he was caught trying to leave the country. 

The Carter County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation handled the case of capturing Ralph. 

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