Trial set for woman charged with first degree murder in Campbell County death

Monica Briggs (source: Campbell County Sheriff's Office)

JACKSBORO (WATE) – The trail date for a Pigeon Forge woman in connection with the murder of a Knoxville man found outside a Campbell County home is expected to be October 4.

Monica Leigh-Ann Briggs, 36, is charged with felony murder and premeditated first degree murder. She is being held on $750,000 bond.

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According to a TBI report, Briggs told police she assisted in planning and carrying out the premeditated and intentional murder of Kenneth Koster.

She allegedly told officers she helped buy ammunition to be used in the murder and that she placed the gun to his left ear and pulled the trigger. He was shot three times in the head in total.

She also admitted to removing Koster’s wallet from his body and stealing money from it.

Koster’s body was found wrapped in plastic outside a home on Enix Lane in Caryville last Monday. The TBI says during the investigation of the crime scene, multiple guns, evidence of blood and cartridge casings were found at the scene. A 1993 Nissan pickup truck was also found, which contained evidence of body fluid believed to be blood, Koster’s wallet, Briggs’ wallet, Walmart receipts for the purchase of ammunition, a twin size mattress with what is believed to be a blood stain, a box of ammunition, and other items believed to be evidence in Koster’s death.

Briggs and James Bradley Phillips, 43, had been on the run for about a week after the Koster’s murder. Pigeon Forge police had tracked the two to a Wendy’s restaurant on the Parkway. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says there was a confrontation between Phillips and the officers. Authorities claim Phillips reached underneath the table, which caused officers to fire at least one shot at Phillips, killing him.

Briggs pleaded not guilty to the charges in court Monday. She will appear in court again on Tuesday in Campbell County.

The Koster family told WATE 6 On Your Side that they are pleased with the charges filed against Briggs as well as the bond that has been set. Briggs’ family could not be reached for comment.

A motions deadline for Briggs is May 9.

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