Man guilty of cookout cutting

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Frank Kincaid

A fight at a barbecue in a North Knoxville park in 2019 led to a man’s conviction for attempted second-degree murder Tuesday in Knox Court Criminal Court.

The defendant, Frank Deford Kincaid, 60, was found guilty at the conclusion of a two-day trial before Judge Scott Green.

He faces between eight and 12 years in prison when he’s sentenced by Green on November 18, according to District Attorney General’s spokesperson Sean McDermott.

“At sentencing, prosecutors will ask for the maximum sentence based upon the nature of the offense and the fact that Kincaid has a previous conviction for domestic assault where he repeatedly punched his girlfriend in the face,” McDermott said.

The incident that led to Kincaid’s conviction took place on October 11, 2019, when Kincaid and the victim, a man named Richard Smith, were attending a barbecue at Victor Ashe Park.

The men got into an argument over who would light the grill that soon escalated into a face-to-face shouting match. 

Smith pushed Kincaid and tried to walk away, but Kincaid pulled a knife from his pocket and charged the victim, stabbing him at least 11 times in the arm, stomach, chest and neck, according to prosecutors. 

The knife wound up damaging the victim’s heart, causing him to go into cardiac arrest. 

“The victim was resuscitated by paramedics on the way to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he underwent emergency open heart surgery that saved his life,” McDermott said.

Kincaid was being held in the county jail without bond pending sentencing, records show.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Sean Roberts and Hector Sanchez, while Kincaid was represented by attorney Andrew Pate, according to McDermott.

Published on October 7, 2021.