JOHNSON CITY – Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for a prisoner charged with the reckless homicide of another inmate.

At the request of 1st District Attorney General Tony Clark, TBI Special Agents, with the assistance of investigators with the Tennessee Department of Correction, began investigating the death of Timothy Tillery on July 19th. Tillery, 24, was an inmate at the Northeast Correctional Complex in Mountain City and was found unconscious in his cell on July 18th. During the course of the investigation, agents learned that Timothy Tillery had an on-going dispute with fellow prisoner Montrez Duncan. On July 18th, Tillery entered Duncan’s cell and the two were involved in a physical altercation. Agents developed information that Duncan and another inmate later carried Tillery, who was semiconscious, back to his cell. He was later found by correctional officers during a routine count. Timothy Tillery was transported to the hospital, where he died the next day.

On November 14th, a Johnson County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Duncan with one count of Reckless Homicide and one count of Tampering with Evidence. Duncan, 32, was served with the capias on December 12th. He was booked Monday on a $50,000 bond and remains in custody at the Northeast Correctional Complex.

Montrez Duncan