Suspect in woman’s murder, Amber Alert back in Knoxville

Tyler Enix mugshot (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The man accused of murdering his ex-wife and then kidnapping their daughter has been brought back to Knoxville.

The Knoxville Police Department says Tyler Enix was booked into the Knox County Detention Facility just before 11 p.m. Thursday. He is being held on $1 million bond.

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A preliminary hearing is set for November 23 in felony court.

Enix was arrested in Morrow County, Ohio, after resident Steve Adams spotted his vehicle after hearing about the Amber Alert for his daughter Brooklynne. enix

Enix is now charged with the murder of his ex-wife Kimberly, the mother of Brooklynne. Officers found the body of Kimberly Enix at her home in Fountain City on October 28.

The Tennessee Department of Child Services said Brooklynne Enix is living with a foster family in Tennessee.

Chris Morrison, the ex-husband and father of two of Kimberly Enix’s daughters, says despite being divorced. they were friends and he greatly misses the mother of his children.

“She had a great smile. If you look at her pictures it stands out and I think that was something unique to her. She was always laughing or smiling,” said Morrison.

WATE 6 On Your Side obtained a search warrant in which police asked for permission to search Enix’s van. The warrant states the officer received a call from 911 about Kimberly Enix being stabbed to death, her child was missing and that Tyler Enix has a history of violence toward the victim and others.

While combing the area, they found Enixs’ van. Inside the van, according to the warrant, they found two pocket knives, a spoon with burn marks, a thumb drive and divorce papers. The warrant states officers believed the van was connected to the death of Enix and the abduction of Brooklynne.

Court records show Enix has been arrested in the past for stalking, leading to harassment charges. He’s also been charged with domestic assault, false imprisonment, harassment, aggravated assault and two counts of forgery.

Also According to court records, another of Enix’s ex-wives in 2010 filed an order of protection against him stating she was in fear for her life.

Morrison hopes a positive change in the community can come from the death of Kimberly Enix. He wants parents to teach their kids to respect women and know violence is never the answer.

“Kim, she spent her life dedicating herself to domestic violence and I think that would be something she would like,” said Morrison.

Morrison hopes the legal process goes quickly and justice is served. Morrison says a memorial fund was set up for Kimberly Enix to help cover funeral expenses. He says some money was raised but they still owe money. Anyone interested can make a donation at any U.S. Bank branch in Knoxville.

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