UPDATE: Police arrest husband in honeymoon murder case

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By The Staff



A man accused of killing his wife while honeymooning in Pigeon Forge is in custody at the Sevier County Jail. Pigeon Forge Police Chief Jack Baldwin said Brian L. Umphrey was captured by Athens police Tuesday afternoon.

Umphrey, 34, has been charged with first-degree murder. He's accused of killing Cassandra M. Petry of Rockwood. Pigeon Forge police discovered her body in a motel Monday night. Police said Petry, 36, appeared to had been stabbed.

Pigeon Forge police told other agencies to be on the lookout for Umphrey. Athens police detective Heith Willis said Umphrey was spotted traveling south on Interstate 75. Willis said a short chase ensued when Umphrey refused to pull over for an officer who turned on his blue lights. Willis said the chase ended in Riceville after Umphrey tried to go the wrong way down an off ramp.

Umphrey is from Athens. Willis said he has a long criminal history there.

“We've had run-ins with him for years now,” Willis said.

Pigeon Forge is a popular honeymoon spot for recently married couples. Even though they see a lot of newlyweds, Baldwin said Monday night's incident is the first time he can recall that someone's been murdered while honeymooning in his city.  

“We've never had a situation where somebody has been on their honeymoon and had this kind of thing happen to them,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin said Umphrey has spoken to police about the incident, but they doubt his version of events.   

“I think he's got a problem,” Baldwin said.