Juvenile arrested in Hawkins County woman’s murder

Margaret J. Sliger, 79 (Source: WJHL)
 Margaret J. Sliger, 79 (Source: WJHL)
Margaret J. Sliger, 79 (Source: WJHL)

ROGERSVILLE (WATE) – A juvenile has been arrested in a Hawkins County woman’s murder.

Margaret Jack Sliger, 79, was found murdered in her backyard on May 18. Her family offered a $4,000 reward for information leading to an arrested and conviction.

“I’m just so thankful they caught the one who did this because if they hadn’t, that would have been a disaster,” said Bessie Mae Livesay, Sliger’s aunt.

She and her husband Dale are relieved an arrest has been made. The couple found Sliger in her backyard.

The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office announced at a press conference Monday that after collecting evidence and diligent investigation, a juvenile has been arrested and charged with Sliger’s murder.

While the family is happy about the arrest, now they want to know why.

“I would say, H’ow could you have done this? How could you have hurt her like that?’ ” said Livesay.

Family members say they were told by investigators that DNA evidence on Sliger’s belt linked the juvenile to the murder. They also say the juvenile is a teen boy who lived near Sliger. He apparently had encounters with Sliger about her property.

The news is bittersweet for Livesay who says she can slowly move past this.

“I’ve been thinking a lot lately and this is one Christmas Margaret Jack won’t be around, but the good news is they found who did this to her and it won’t bring her back, but it will give us some closure on it,” said Livesay.

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Because the judge on the case issued a gag order, the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office could not release any other information.

The family says the $4,000 reward will now go toward an education fund that’s yet to be determined.

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