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Bristol woman faces charges in Kingsport murder

Rain Smith • Oct 10, 2018 at 10:54 AM

KINGSPORT — A second person has been arrested in connection with the murder of a city man six months ago, as she allegedly was aware her boyfriend was going to rob the victim, then helped him avoid capture after the slaying.

In September, a Sullivan County grand jury returned a true bill of indictment against Chandryia L. White, 27, of Bristol, Tenn. On Tuesday, the Kingsport Police Department arrested her on warrants for multiple charges, including accessory to murder.

The KPD reports that White is the girlfriend of Corey Lee Moore, 28. On April 21, Moore was jailed in the murder of Kingsport resident Timothy L. Gilliam. Three day prior, Gilliam was found dead in his home on Stapelton Drive. Police previously reported that Gilliam, 56, suffered multiple, close range gunshot wounds.

According to court records, detectives learned a white Ford Mustang had fled the home just prior to Gilliam being discovered deceased. And on a coffee table in front of Gilliam's body, they found a sales receipt from the nearby Walmart Neighborhood Market.

Surveillance footage was soon pulled from the business. It reportedly revealed Gilliam had been at the store in the same Mustang, while also showing the driver to be Moore. A warrant was obtained for Moore on charges of first-degree murder and he was later located and arrested at Model City Apartments.

Police now report that when Moore was arrested, White was interviewed about her knowledge of Gilliam's murder. She allegedly gave false statements to police — the details of which have not been specified — and was later determined to have known that her boyfriend planned to rob Gilliam.

Detectives also reportedly discovered that in the hours following the murder, White aided Moore in avoiding capture by police. After the case was presented to the grand jury last month, White was charged with accessory to murder after the fact, robbery and tampering with evidence. When Moore was arrested in April, he was accompanied by White, according to police, and was in possession of marijuana. That netted an additional drug charge against her.

As of Wednesday morning, White remained jailed on $15,000 bond. Police report that the Sullivan County grand jury has also added to Moore's original charges of first-degree murder, returning true bills for felony murder, especially aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence. He remains held in the Sullivan County jail without bond.

Citing continuing investigation of the incident, the KPD has declined to release additional information on the case, including what was stolen from Gilliam.

Additionally, Moore has picked up new charges since being jailed in April. In August, he allegedly obtained a cellmate's personal information, then used it to steal his identity. After successfully tricking a corrections officer into releasing him, according to police, he stole a car from a nearby gas station. He was reportedly free for several hours before being recaptured along Highway 11-W.

Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy, who took office after the incident, says he's looking into major upgrades at the jail, including biometric iris and fingerprinting technology. He said it would be used during booking, ensuring the right suspects are coming in and going out.

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