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Sullivan county man arrested, charged in ongoing homicide investigation

James Fagans
                   Fagans

JOHNSON CITY – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Sullivan County man in connection to a Bluff City homicide.  On August 10th, at the request of 2nd District Attorney General Barry Staubus, TBI Agents began investigating the death of Herman Rumley (DOB 12/3/46), shortly after his body was discovered inside his home on Woods Road in Bluff City. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information leading to James Lee Fagans (DOB 5/19/59) as an individual responsible for Rumley’s death. This evening, authorities arrested Fagans and charged him with one count of Second Degree Murder. He was subsequently booked into the Sullivan County Jail. His bond has not yet been set.