Defendants in murder case hearings

September 17, 1999

Three defendants waived preliminary hearings Friday in the murder of a Hagerstown man whose decapitated body was found in Tennessee Aug. 14.

That clears the way for the trial of the trio charged in the death of Paul David Farrar Jr.

Farrar, 26, went to visit his uncle in Savannah, Tenn., about two months ago, according to his mother, Debra Beavers of Hagerstown.

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.

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.

Tennessee authorities charged Timothy Jason Creasy, 24, and 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 are being held in the Hardin County Jail on $500,000 bond each.

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, the Associated Press reported.

- Staff and wire reports

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