After three months of investigation, a Tellico Plains area woman has been charged with second degree murder after she allegedly killed her boyfriend on Oct. 8.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Det. Jason Filyaw said he and other officers went to a home on Robert Smith Road after a woman called 911 and said she had shot and killed her boyfriend.

Fillyaw said when he arrived on the scene he found the woman, Cassandra Marie Unser, sitting in the back of a patrol car uncuffed. Corporal Dakota Rinehart said she had requested to speak to an attorney before she talked to Fillyaw.

Officers then investigated the scene and, according to Fillyaw, found Melvin Ross Walker lying on the floor with what appeared to be a shotgun wound to the head.

They also found a black 12-gauge shotgun leaning against a chair.

Fillyaw said that the 911 recordings and evidence at the scene helped him determine that Unser had possessed and used the shotgun to kill Walker, but the reason for the killing has not yet been determined.

According to Filyaw, the investigation showed Unser fired the gun through a closed bathroom door, striking Walker in the head.

Unser, who has two previous felony convictions for unlawful possession of a weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm, is charged with second degree murder.

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