Man pleads in slaying of Hagerstown man

April 20, 2000

SAVANNAH, Tenn. - One of three men charged in the killing and decapitation of a Hagerstown man will serve 20 years in prison as part of a plea bargain.

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Timothy Creasy, 24, pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder, Assistant District Attorney General John Overton said Thursday.

A Hardin County Circuit jury on Tuesday convicted Brian Justin of facilitation of second-degree murder. Sentencing was delayed for Justin, who faces a maximum penalty of 12 years in prison.

A third defendant, Courtney Smith, is scheduled to go on trial Monday.

All three were indicted on first-degree murder counts in the death of Paul Ferrar, whose decapitated body was found by a fisherman Aug. 14 in White Oak Creek.

The head has not been found.

Ferrar had moved from Hagerstown to live with his uncle in Saltillo less than two months before his murder.

Police said he was stabbed to death Aug. 9, 1999. Evidence in the cases includes a samurai sword.


Creasy survived a suicide attempt shortly after his arrest.

Creasy probably will serve 85 percent of that sentence, according to John Overton, the Hardin County, Tenn., prosecutor handling the trials.

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