Jackson, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation yesterday arrested two individuals for murder after the weekend homicide of a Savannah woman.
Christopher Knight, 32, and his wife, 18-year-old Tonya Knight, have each been charged with one count of first degree murder for the death of Chris Knight’s mother, 71-year-old Peggy Alexander. On March 10, 2013, Chris Knight called police and reported that he discovered his mother dead in the home that they shared, located at 70 Pickwick Street, that morning after 9:00 a.m. Through the course of the investigation, agents believe that the Knight’s murdered Alexander in her bedroom between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. that morning. Evidence was revealed that Alexander’s relationship with her son and daughter-in-law was strained and Alexander expressed a desire to move and change her will in regards to Chris Knight. Shortly after the murder, Chris Knight used Alexander’s debit card and took money out of her account. TBI’s Violent Crime Response Team from the Memphis crime lab responded to the scene and gathered physical evidence from the scene as well.
The 24th Judicial District Attorney’s Office requested TBI to investigate the murder. The Savannah Police Department and Hardin County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation. Chris and Tonya Knight were booked into the Hardin County Jail.