COOPERTOWN, Tenn. (WKRN) – The father of a teenage boy who died after reportedly racing fuel mixed with soda has been killed in a stabbing.
According to Smokey Barn News, Wayne Stephenson died Saturday in Coopertown. He was stabbed at least twice.
Richard Wheaton has been charged with criminal homicide in the case and booked into the Robertson County jail on $500,000 bond.
Smokey Barn reports the incident happened on Lipscomb Road when the two men got into an altercation. Wheaton was leaving his mother’s house at the time, which shares a driveway with a home Stephenson was visiting.
An affidavit states Wheaton was driving down the driveway, passing Stephenson, when he stopped his truck and started yelling at Stephenson and others at the house.
The situation reportedly escalated when Wheaton hit Stephenson in the neck with his knife, cutting him. Smokey Barn says Wheaton then left and went back to his house nearby and called police.
Stephenson was taken to NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield and then flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where he later died.
The sheriff’s confirmed to Smokey Barn that Stephenson is the father of one of the teenagers who died earlier this year after drinking “Dewshine,” a combination of racing fuel and Mountain Dew.
Logan Stephenson was a 16-year-old student at Greenbrier High School. His friend, J.D. Byram, also died in the tragic accident.
When asked, the Robertson County Sheriff’s office indicated that there was no connection between the two incidences, according to Smokey Barn.