Court names juvenile accused in fatal stabbing

1:47 pm | December 19, 2012

Documents released Wednesday by the Carter County Juvenile Court name 14-year-old Nicholas Willen as the boy accused of fatally stabbing 16-year-old Elijah McKinney and critically wounding another local teen during a fight early Sunday morning outside a Cash Hollow Road home.

The juvenile court complaint includes additional information about the incident.

In a written statement included with the document, Carter County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Janice Black says Willen and another juvenile, whose name was redacted from the original document by the court, admitted during police interviews that they were involved in a fight with McKinney and another teen outside the 212 Cash Hollow Road home.

According to police reports, McKinney suffered several stab wounds during the brawl, one of which pierced his heart.

The complaint states that Sheriff Chris Mathes and Lt. Mike Little found Willen and another juvenile, identified by Mathes as Willen’s cousin, several hours later at an apartment on Milligan Highway.

Willen was charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault and remains incarcerated at a Johnson City juvenile detention facility.

The second juvenile, who police say took the knife from Willen after the stabbing, was charged with tampering with evidence. He has been released to the custody of his parents.

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