Daniel Pagan (courtesy of Knox County Sheriff’s Department)
By J.J. KINDRED
A man was charged with the murder of a woman in West Knoxville Jan. 27, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Department.
Daniel Pagan, 19, was charged with the second-degree murder of 20-year-old Dashawnta Murphy, during an alleged drug deal gone wrong.
According to the Sheriff’s Department report, a witness, identified as 18-year-old Chelsea Garrett, told officers that shortly after 11 p.m., Murphy planned to meet Pagan at the dead end of Cedar Park Lane in Knox County to purchase Roxycodone, a Schedule II narcotic.
Garrett said that she was then going to park a short distance away and wait for Murphy to return. She added that she and Murphy had come up with a plan to steal Pagan’s drugs and not return with the money. Garrett stated that after dropping Murphy off, she and another female, who was a passenger in Garrett’s car, waited for approximately 30 minutes.
When Murphy did not return, she drove around the area looking for her. Garrett then drove the other female’s home, and returned to the area to look for Murphy on foot. She was found dead on the ground near an apartment building.
Officers believe Murphy was stabbed, and an autopsy is being conducted to determine the exact cause of death.
Pagan was arrested at his home on East Emory and was taken into custody without incident. He was also charged with possession of schedule II drugs for resale, and is being held at the Knox County Detention Facility on $800,000 bond.