Jury reaches guilty verdict in Knoxville greenway murder trial

Timothy Ison in court Wednesday, May 10, 2017

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – After three days of testimony, the jury found Timothy Ison guilty of first degree murder in the death of Stefany Fairbanks. Sentencing is set for Thursday. Fairbanks was stabbed to death along Third Creek Greenway in 2015. Police say the two had no prior contact.

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Wednesday, Terra Asbury, with Tennessee Burea of Investigation’s crime laboratory testified she found the presence of blood on Ison’s boots, belt, blue jeans, and tshirt. Asbury said the DNA profile tested on the blood sample matched Fairbank’s DNA.

About 20 minutes before the crime happened, prosecutors said Ison posted a set of pictures to Facebook with the caption “walking ain’t no joke.” The defense says that’s hearsay.

A convenience store clerk took the stand Monday saying Ison was in her store around the time of Fairbank’s death. He said he appeared to be nervous about something.

Family and friends were relieved after hearing the verdict. Davis Mccammon was best friends with Fairbanks for 10 years. He hung out with her less than 24 hours before she was murdered. They took pictures together that night.

“I look at the picture and see her smile and it reminds me that I can remember her that way,” said Mccammon.

Mccammon said it has been a long two years. He is happy this process is now over.

“I feel a sense of closure. I feel vindicated for Stefany ,” he said.

He was surprised the trial ended so quickly. Mccammon decided not to attend any of it.

“I felt like it would basically bring back old feelings I had gotten rid of. I didn’t want to look him in the eye. I didn’t want to see him,” said Mccammon.

Mccammon hopes Ison never gets the chance to hurt another person again. Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen is seeking a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for Ison. Ison made headlines just over 10 years earlier for a home invasion, stabbing and fire in the Holston Hills neighborhood of Knoxville.

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