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Bridgette Haley of Woodbury was found dead in a car early Sunday morning in Estill Springs. According to an autopsy by the State Medical Examiner she died of blunt force trauma to the head and upper body.
The 46 year-old Haley, was found Sunday morning around 1 a.m. after law enforcement stopped the car her body was found in on Chase Bend Road in Estill Springs following a pursuit that started outside of Decherd, traveled the back roads to the outer Tullahoma City limits and back to Estill Springs.
46-Year old Robert Troy Whipple, who is homeless, but lives in Woodbury, was thought to be driving under the influence when he turned into a subdivision and ran into some rocks and came to a stop. He allegedly got out of his car and started to run towards a wooded area, but turned back around with a knife and got into a scuffle with Franklin County Sheriff’s Sgt. Milton Binkley. Binkley was cut in the hand prior to helping State Trooper Larry Fraley subdue Whipple and arrest him. “Milton (Binkley) was treated at Southern Tennessee Hospital for the knife wounds to the hand,” Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller stated. “He is going to be okay but his hand is swollen.” Whipple was transported to the hospital as well for treatment of his injuries that he sustained during the scuffle.
According to the sheriff in Franklin County, investigators found the body of Haley in the passenger seat of the car. Her body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Nashville where the autopsy was performed.
According to Fuller, Whipple has been charged with manufacture/sell/delivery of schedule II (cocaine), possession of drug paraphernalia, habitual motor vehicle offender, felony evading arrest, DUI, resisting arrest and aggravated assault. He is being held in the Franklin County Jail under a bond of $1 million.
Meanwhile, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident and the murder. Since Binkley was involved the TBI will be investigating the incident and they will be handling the murder charge.
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and their source was Wayne Thomas with Tullahoma News