GCSD Makes Arrest in 17-Year-Old Cold Case

A Cannon County man has been arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of Joleen Abernathy Ingram.


Giles County Sheriff’s Department investigators, in conjunction with the Cannon County Sheriff’s Department, executed a search warrant at the home of David Arnold Johnson, 66, of Auburntown today (Friday).

Johnson was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder for the 2001 death of 51-year-old Joleen Abernathy Ingram.


According to GCSD, “The Sheriff’s Department has worked on this case since 2001 and recently discovered some new information that led Investigator Timmy Scott to take the case to a Giles County Grand Jury and subsequently indict Johnson for the murder.


“Sheriff Helton said he knows this will not bring Joleen back but may bring some comfort to her family and friends to know [GCSD] has developed probable cause and charged the person responsible for her death.”


Johnson remains in Giles County Jail with no bond. He is set to appear in court March 26.


More details, if available, will be in next week’s edition of the PULASKI CITIZEN, available in markets across Giles County and in digital and traditional newspaper formats by subscription.


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