A Vonore man who was initially charged in a July 2018 killing has now been indicted by a Monroe County Grand Jury in connection with the case.

Robert Mikenzy Wil Blair, 21, Howard’s Chapel Road, is charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, theft of property and aggravated assault, all connected to the death of Dustin Cody Long, 32.

According to investigators, the events leading up to the alleged shooting started around 7 p.m. July 7 when Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy David Kilby went to a home on Highway 360 and spoke to a woman who said she had been assaulted by Blair.

The woman told Kilby she had left for a funeral and everything was okay with Blair, but when she returned home Blair put his hand on her to stop from leaving a room and she told him to leave. Kilby said Blair allegedly told her that “no one tells him what to do” and grabbed her by the face.

The woman said Blair threw her around a little, Kilby reported, then ran out the door and across the street.

The woman told Kilby she heard three gun shots and saw a Mitsubishi Eclipse leave the house across the road and head towards Ball Play. Kilby said he searched the area and did not see Blair or the car.

A couple of hours later, just before 9 p.m., Kilby said he was sent back to the area on a call of a dead body in the area where the woman had heard the gunshots.

Kilby said he talked to Chris Loveday, who took him to a body he had found in the grass. Loveday told Kilby he had rolled the body over identified him as Long, who lived in the house close to where he was found.

Other officers were called to the scene and Detective Doug Mills said Long had been shot multiple times in the face, chest and back. Mills also said four bullet holes were visible in Long’s body.

Officers also found two foam earplugs and a spent 380 casing. Mills said a Walther pk380 was recovered a short time later from Blair’s pastor, who had bought a gun from Blair so Blair would have the money to leave the state.

Blair reportedly told the pastor he had “really messed up couldn’t go back.”

From that point, the investigation led to finding Blair in Madison County, Ala., where he had been stopped for a traffic violation and recognized from a BOLO alert. Mill said Blair was in Long’s stolen Mitsubishi.

Detective Jason Fillyaw and TBI officials drove to Alabama to speak with Blair who, when questioned, stated he wanted a lawyer and refused to talk anymore. The officers did obtain a court warrant to get a sample of his blood. They also took his clothing, his cellphone and a loaded gun that was in the car he was driving during the traffic stop, investigators said.

Blair is scheduled to be back in court April 15.

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