March 25, 2020
So this black knew the victims, and sometimes used their house “as an address.”
A Knoxville man now faces formal murder charges in the March 8 slayings of three women.
Desmon Rhea, 24, was being held in Knox County custody in lieu of $2 million bond. He’s been in custody since hours after the killings.
Rhea is accused in Knox County Criminal Court of first-degree murder in the deaths of Barbara Rogers, 57, and 55-year-old Mildred Blackwell, in the home they shared on Trousdale Road. Records suggest Rhea sometimes used that as an address as well as a nearby residence.
He’s also charged with killing Blackwell’s daughter, 29-year-old Juliana White, was found shot to death on Division Street.
Rhea, who has a prior arrest record for violence against women, also is charged in the nine-count indictment with aggravated child endangerment, using a gun during a felony and the aggravated burglary of Rogers’ home.
Knoxville police have said Rhea and the victims knew each other, but haven’t released a motive.