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Husband Charged With Killing Wife, 4 Dogs


MACON COUNTY, Tennessee – An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Red Boiling Springs man, charged with killing his wife and family dogs.

On August 10th, TBI special agents responded to a home in the 400 block of McClure Street in Red Boiling Springs, after family members found Tracy Chestnut, 42, deceased in her home. Four dogs were also found dead.

Detective identified the victim’s husband, Joseph Chestnut, as the individual responsible.

On August 19th, a Macon County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Joseph Eugene Chestnut, Jr. with one count of First Degree Murder and four counts of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals. Agents arrested Chestnut Friday morning.

He was booked into the Macon County Jail, where he is currently being held without bond.

The TBI did not reveal a possible motive for the crimes.

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