Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Murder of a Friend

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UPDATE 6/2/09 5:13 p.m.: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The embattled owner of a Knox County pet grooming business committed suicide after killing his wife Tuesday afternoon, according to Knox County Sheriff's spokeswoman Martha Dooley.

Dooley says Jonathan Webb stabbed his wife, Sara Webb, at his home on Royal Harbor Drive before committing suicide with a gunshot to the head. His wife later died at Parkwest Medical Center.

Webb was indicted last week on two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals in connection with the death of an animal under his care at the pet spa.

The arrest on the indictment came on May 27th, at the same time Webb was arrested and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. Deputies say in that incident, Webb allegedly crashed into some mailboxes, then fled the scene. Deputies say they found him drunk and laying beside his vehicle in a ditch south of the intersection of Westland Drive and Northshore.

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UPDATE 6/2/09 4:10 p.m.: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Law officers discovered a body Tuesday afternoon at the Happy Tails Day Spa amid a manhunt for the business owner who's wanted for allegedly stabbing his wife, leaving her with life-threatening injuries, police say.

It's not clear whether the body is that of Happy Tails owner Jonathan Webb, 35, but law officer say they do not believe the death is the result of a homicide.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- Knox County Sheriff's deputies are searching for the owner of the Happy Tails Day Spa in connection with a domestic assault on Royal Harbor Drive in West Knox County.

Law enforcement sources tell Volunteer TV News, deputies are searching for Jonathan Erik Webb, 35, after he reported cut is wife with a knife at a residence on Royal Harbor Drive near Fort Loudoun Lake. Sheriff's Department sources say his wife's injury is potentially life threatening.

The victim was taken to the hospital with a cutting wound to the neck. Her condition is unknown.

Webb gave police the Royal Harbor Drive address after his arrest on unrelated charges last week.

Knox County Sheriff's deputies found a black Jeep Webb was thought to be driving in the Grande Shores subdivision, and they now believe Webb may be traveling in a Yellow Cab.

Deputies have also been sent to the Happy Tails Pet Spa on Ebenezer Drive in West Knox County.

Webb was indicted last week on two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals in connection with the death of an animal under his care at the pet spa.

The arrest on the indictment came on May 27th, at the same time Webb was arrested and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. Deputies say in that incident, Webb allegedly crashed into some mailboxes, then fled the scene. Deputies say they found him drunk and laying beside his vehicle in a ditch south of the intersection of Westland Drive and Northshore.

Stay connected to Volunteer TV News and VolunteerTV.com for continued coverage of this developing news story.


If you didn't feel like reading that all, let me summarize it:
A man (Jonathan Webb) stabbed his wife (Sara Webb) to death in their driveway and his body was later found at Happy Tails Pet Spa, their business. He committed suicide. They had 3 small children- 2 girls and a little boy.
We hear about stuff like this happening all the time and we feel bad for the victim and then we change the channel or flip the page.
But what if you actually knew the person it was relating to?
When I lived over in West Knoxville (off of Westland Drive) we used to take the dogs to Happy Tails when we went on vacation. Sara took good care of the animals there and we always knew that they were in good hands when we were at the beach or wherever.
Sara was an extremely caring, kind, sweet woman. She just had this beautiful radiance about her that lit up a room.
When we last took the dogs to Happy Tails a few years ago, she was pregnant. Her little girls would always be there with her, re-arranging the shampoos or dusting the mantle. They were such a happy little family!
I never really saw the dad. He was usually in the back. If you read above, he was charged with previous animal cruelty acts when a dog "fell" off the table and broke its back or something. Then just last week, a dog DIED in his care. He also had a DUI in the past few weeks and was ALSO charged for fleeing the scene when he took out some mailboxes and then sped off.
I was so shocked and my eyes filled with tears when I heard that he slit her throat and then later shot himself in the head. (She died later from her stab wounds at the hospital.) I was sitting up in my room, about to do a post, when my mom came up the stairs and told me what she had just seen on TV. My face drained and I was just dumbfounded. How in the world and WHY would this happen?
I think that she was getting ready to get a divorce after all of those charges had been pressed on him. That of course, and I'm sure there were other things that went on. I feel so so bad for her little kids. Three children, probably all under the age of 6 or 7 now have NO parents. And they have to live with the fact that their father stole their mother's life and then was such a coward that he took his. They'll always have to wonder what it would have been like if their mother was there on their wedding day, or during the birth of their kids.
This was a tragic event and I hope that the kids will survive. Their pain must be too great for words... I hope that none of you ever have to go through losing a friend or family member... even though chances are that you will. My mom told me that when she was in high school, through the four years, 6 people that were all well loved and great friends died in car accidents and from other causes. I wish I could think that it's not going to happen to our class, but of course, it will.

Well that was some deep stuff! Sorry if you're all depressed now... but you'll get over it. Please pray for the family of Sara Webb!! She was such an amazing person. Hey.. even pray for the dad's side- they must be going through a really hard time too.

4 comments:

  1. omg! i'm so sorry savannah! you can count on at least the mom's side being in my prayers. i haven't quite made my mind up about the father yet... i'm sorry that you may feel depressed. good luck!!

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  2. thanks! not quite so depressed, just shocked!!

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