Woman found guilty in Knoxville man’s Campbell County murder

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

CARYVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville woman was found guilty Thursday of premeditated first degree murder after a trial lasting more than three days.

Monica Leigh-Ann Briggs was also convicted of second degree murder in the death of Kenneth Koster. Briggs’ sentencing is scheduled for November 28.

According to a TBI report, Briggs told police she assisted in planning and carrying out the premeditated and intentional murder of Kenneth Koster in 2014.

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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 in September 2014.

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.

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