Martha Styles

Martha Styles

COSBY—A Cosby woman has been charged with first degree murder after she fatally shot another woman at a Cosby residence Thursday morning.

Cocke County Sheriff officials identified the deceased victim as Adena Parton, 58, Padget Mill Road.

On Thursday, Cocke County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to the 400 block of Padget Mill Road just before 5 a.m.

Upon arrival, deputies knocked on the front door of the residence and heard several gunshots coming from inside the residence.

Deputies fled from the porch and took cover.

According to a press release, deputies could see the suspect, identified as Martha Styles, 45, through a window holding a handgun and waving it around.

Lt. Michael Whitmer returned to the front of the residence where he saw Parton sitting in the recliner deceased.

Styles smashed out the window at the rear of the residence and climbed out of the home. She complied with verbal commands and dropped the handgun and surrendered to deputies.

Styles was transported to the Newport Medical Center and treated for minor injuries.

Later Thursday afternoon, Captain Detective Eric Ramsey interviewed Styles and she admitted to shooting Parton.

Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes said the motive for the murder is unclear at this time, but suspected drug use may be involved in the situation.

Styles was taken into custody and charged with first degree murder. She is being held on a $200,000 bond.

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