Details emerge in week’s 2 killings

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Dayeshia Hall

A Knoxville woman accused of gunning down her own sister was released from jail after posting a $15,000 bond Wednesday, records show. 

Dayeshia Hall, 32, was charged with voluntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and employing a firearm during a dangerous felony, according to the Knoxville Police Department. She allegedly shot and killed her younger sister, 25-year-old Patricia Hall. 

Also on Wednesday, KPD asked for the public’s help in solving the murder of 41-year-old Muhammad Allen, llwho was also slain this week as Knoxville’s continuing surge of deadly street violence continued.

Allen and Hall were, respectively, the 18th and 19th homicides in Knoxville so far this year.

Allen was found about 1:15 p.m. Monday in a pickup truck that was in front of a house at 2710 Louise Avenue, dead from “multiple gunshot wounds,” KPD spokesperson Scott Erland said. 

“There is reason to believe there were witnesses to the shooting, but, at this stage of the investigation, no witnesses have come forward,” Erland said.

Police would like to speak with anyone who saw the shooting, was in the area or who might have “had contact with Mr. Allen at any point on Monday, May 17,” he said. 

“He was very well known in that community so we need anybody who came into contact with him that day to let us know where they might have seen him. Any tips would help,” he said.

At first glance, at least, there’s no shortage of evidence in Patricia Hall’s slaying. 

More information about her death emerged Wednesday when the arrest warrants charging her older sister with killing her were made public.

The warrants, which were sworn out by Investigator Chas P. Terry of KPD’s Violent Crimes Unit, described how a simple dispute turned into bloodshed in the front yard of 2924 Sunset Avenue just after 4 p.m. Tuesday.

“What started as argument among family and friends escalated to gun violence when the suspect went to her vehicle and retrieved her personal firearm,” Terry said.

“The suspect waved the gun in the area and fired a snot over a vehicle near where one of the witnesses stood. The second round fired struck the victim, causing catastrophic injuries resulting in death,” according to Terry.

During a brief telephone call Wednesday, one of the witnesses listed on the warrant described herself as a family friend. She said the shooting happened at her house but declined to comment on what happened, saying she didn’t want to upset the Hall sisters’ family. 

In addition to the 19 homicides in the city limits of Knoxville so far this year, there have been five killings in the unincorporated areas of the county under the jurisdiction of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

In every one of those 24 homicides the victim was slain by a gun, according to police.

As of this time last year (the bloodiest year since crime statistics were kept) there had been only 13 killings in the city. There was a total of 37 homicides in Knoxville in 2020, more than the previous high of 35 in 1998.

Anyone with information that could assist in finding Allen’s killer or killers is urged to contact East Tennessee Valley Crime StoppersTips can be submitted by phone at 1-800-222-8477, online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org or through the free mobile app, P3 Tips. 

Those who submit tips through Crime Stoppers are guaranteed to remain anonymous and are also eligible to receive a cash reward if that tip results in the identification or arrest of those responsible.

J.J. Stambaugh can be reached at jjstambaugh@hardknoxwire.com 

Published on May 20, 2021.