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Police: Roane County man beaten to death with leaf blower

Andrew Franklin Bush

LOONEYVILLE — A dropped pig led to the murder of a Roane County man by means of a leaf blower last month.

Witnesses to the incident said Andrew Franklin Bush, 26, 1894 Canoe Run Road, Looneyville, got into an altercation with William Greathouse after the two were trying to lift a pig inside of a cage into the bed of a truck. The cage fell to the ground and after the men started fighting, Bush struck him in the head with the leaf blower, according to the criminal complaint filed in Roane County Magistrate Court.

Greathouse was found unconscious in the bed of the truck and law enforcement noticed “he was still unconscious, not breathing and beginning to turn blue in the face and hands. The victim also had an obvious indention in his forehead that had a small open laceration,” the complaint said.

After the altercation, the complaint said Bush returned to his cabin and Greathouse laid down in the bed of the truck and “began to feel his head and went unconscious.”

When he was questioned, Bush claimed Greathouse cursed at him and threatened him before Bush punched him in the face hard enough to knock his glasses off, the complaint said.

Greathouse allegedly hit back and when Bush said he “got away,” he picked up the leaf blower and and he swung it while holding onto the plastic tube, the complaint said. In the complaint, Bush said he hit Greathouse in the head and said he “was mad and felt like he wanted to hurt (Greathouse).”

He then said he “was sorry for what he did and that hitting (Greathouse) with the leaf blower was too excessive,” the complaint said.

Bush was charged with second-degree murder and malicious assault and is being held at Central Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash bond. He is facing 10 to 40 years in prison.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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