COCKE COUNTY—A Cocke County man has been indicted on charges of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault.

Charles Lucas Jenkins faces the charges in the alleged murder of James Spence.

The incident that led to Spence’s death occurred in late November 2020.

Documents show that a Cocke County Grand Jury found that Jenkins “did unlawfully, intentionally and with premeditation” kill Spence, and found that he “unlawfully, feloniously and knowingly caused serious bodily injury” resulting in Spence’s death.

The Cocke County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a “friend” of Spence who stated that Jenkins had allegedly struck Spence over the head with a steel pry bar during a physical altercation on November 23, 2020.

The two had reportedly been in a prior dispute, which led Spence to obtain an order of protection against Jenkins.

Spence was taken to Newport Medical Center for treatment, but was later flown to UT Medical Center.

The CCSO reported that Spence died from his injuries on December 3, 2021.

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