Originally created 07/14/01

Authorities charge man in SUV slaying



A man charged with murder probably didn't know the name of the person he ran over at least twice with a sport utility vehicle, a Richmond County sheriff's investigator said.

Both men knew people living in the cove of trailers and duplexes off Kissingbower Road, Investigator Billy Kitchens said. On Thursday night, an argument broke out between them.

"Basically, it's just one of these erupted on the spur of the moment, loss of temper sort of things," Investigator Kitchens said.

Police arrested Tommie Raquest Tennyson, 20, of the 3400 block of Chadbourne Street.

He also was booked on charges of a parole violation and for an existing warrant of simple battery under the Family Violence Act. He was being held Friday in the Richmond County jail without bond.

The argument took place between the two men, who Lt. Jack Francisco called "passing acquaintances," in the 2600 block of Milledgeville Road near the intersection of Kissingbower Road.

Lt. Francisco said Mr. Tennyson backed his 1997 Chevrolet Blazer into Robert Allan King, 39, striking him at least once. Mr. Tennyson then pulled forward, circled around and struck Mr. King at least once more, Lt. Francisco said.

He said physical evidence shows that Mr. King was struck twice, but witnesses told police that Mr. Tennyson hit the man more than twice.

Mr. King was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Grover Tuten. He said Mr. King died from major blunt force trauma to a large area of his body.

Witnesses called 911 at about 9:30 p.m. and gave police Mr. Tennyson's tag number, Lt. Francisco said. He said the suspect was arrested a few hours later at a nearby gas station.

Mr. King's body has been sent to the state crime lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.

Reach Teresa Wood at (706) 823-3765 and Vicky Eckenrode at (706) 823-3227.