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Slain man knew suspects

August 24, 1999

From saff and wire reports

A Hagerstown man whose decapitated body was found in western Tennessee Aug. 14 knew the three men charged in his death, according to a woman quoted in an Associated Press story.

Paul David Farrar Jr., 26, went to visit his uncle in Savannah, Tenn., about two months ago, according to his mother, Debra Beavers who left Hagerstown Tuesday for Tennessee.

In an interview with The Associated Press, a Savannah, Tenn., woman, Hazel Lee Allen, said Farrar, the three suspects and her grandson were friends. She said Farrar had spent the night at her house the night before his death.

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On Aug. 14, fishermen discovered Farrar's decapitated body in White Oak Creek in rural Hardin County in southwest Tennessee.

Farrar had been stabbed and his body was weighted down with concrete blocks, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Farrar's head has not been found and his body initially was identified from tattoos - a skull wearing a top hat and smoking a cigarette, which was on his chest, and a joker, which was on his leg.

Three Hardin County men have been charged with murder in his death.

Tennessee authorities charged Timothy Jason Creasy, 24, Brian G. Justin and Corey D. Smith, both 22, with first-degree murder on Aug. 15, according to Special Agent Jack Van Hooser of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The three were arraigned Aug. 16 and were being held in the Hardin County Jail on $500,000 bond each.

Last Wednesday, Creasy attempted suicide in his cell with the blade of a disposable razor, according to The Associated Press account.

Assistant Hardin County District Attorney John W. Overton Jr. said a samurai sword found in Decatur County and a broken whiskey bottle have been taken as evidence, according to AP.

Van Hooser said a preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 17.

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