UPDATED: GCSD Makes Arrest in Cold Case Murder

A Cannon County man was arrested last week and charged with the premeditated murder of Joleen Abernathy Ingram that occurred nearly 17 years ago.


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 of Auburntown March 16.


Johnson, 66, was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder for the 2001 death of 51-year-old Joleen Abernathy Ingram.


GCSD 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.


“Over the years we had made some progress, but were not where we needed to be,” Sheriff Kyle Helton said. “Investigator Timmy Scott has been working hard and put in a lot of hours on this case over the past few years. And in February, we had some new evidence come up that gave us enough proof to go to the grand jury and bring forth an indictment against Mr. Johnson.”


Helton said there is no question that Ingram was murdered and Johnson has been their prime suspect for several years.


Helton said he knows this will not bring Ingram 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 the Giles County Jail with bond set at $750,000 and is set to appear in court March 26.


Read more of this story, including details from our reports in 2001, in the PULASKI CITIZEN, available in markets across Giles County and in digital and traditional newspaper formats by subscription.


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