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Son allegedly kills mother

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By Nancy Bright, TYPESETTER

A LaFollette man remains in jail while his family is mourning the loss of his mother.

Last Thursday morning around 9:30 a.m. Campbell County 911 received a call from 231 Lynch Hollow Road, LaFollette, the home of Richard and Sue Marlow. Records from 911 indicate a man said his son had killed wife.

Prior to her death Sue Marlow called her husband informing him their son, James Richard Marlow, Jr. was at their home trying to break their bedroom door down, the arrest warrant said. When James Marlow, Sr. arrived home he allegedly heard his son swearing at Sue Marlow. The father then reported hearing the back door close, according to warrant filed in the general sessions court. Richard Marlow then found his wife lying face down in a pool of blood and unresponsive in their bedroom, police records said.

During the investigation Detective Sergeant Brandon Elkins of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department learned that James Marlow allegedly acted with premeditation when killed his mother last week.

James Marlow also allegedly told Elkins he left his home with a wooden baseball bat in order to kill his mother. Blood spatter was found on Marlow’s clothing and skin, with reddish-brown stains discovered in his residence, according to the warrant. When Elkins questioned him about the stains and spatter Marlow allegedly told him that it “was his mother’s blood from when he killed her” according to the warrant.

But this was not the first time James Marlow, Jr. had allegedly attacked someone.

On April 5, 1993 he was charged with attempted first-degree murder of his wife, Tonya L. Marlow, according to court records. She was found in an unconscious state with indications that she had been severely beaten, the warrant from that case said. At the time of the incident Tonya Marlow’s injuries were considered life threatening by medical personal. When James Marlow, Jr. was questioned about the incident he allegedly admitted that he had beaten his wife repeatedly over the course of two days. In that case he was sentenced to six months in jail followed by 10 years of supervised probation.

Now he is charged with aggravated burglary and first-degree murder. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 22 at 3 p.m. He remains in the Campbell County jail on a $2 million bond.