KINGSPORT, Tenn. - After two years searching for answers, Kingsport police make two arrests in connection with a 2011 murder on Dale Street.
The months of investigation turned into years, but Kingsport detectives never stopped seeking justice on behalf of the 24-year-old victim, Jarrett Hughes.
Their evidence was presented Tuesday to a grand jury that indicted the two suspects, leading to their arrests.
A murder in broad daylight; it's shaken up Kingsport's Dale Street community since August 3, 2011. "Everybody was upset, you know," said Dale Street resident Pat McClintock.
The victim was 24-year-old Jarrett A. Hughes. "When KPD officers arrived [on the scene] they located Mr. Jarrett Hughes laying on the floor of the residence with a fatal gunshot wound," said David Quillin, Kingsport's police chief.
Kingsport police spent 24 months tracking down clues. "Over the last few months, substantial information regarding this case has been gathered," Quillin said.
Now, investigators say they have the men responsible in custody.
Kingsport police have charged 25-year-old Dominique Lashon Morrison and 24-year-old Jarrod Logan Anderson, both of Johnson City, with first degree murder.
When asked about a motive police said robbery, but the crime escalated. "During the robbery attempt, Mr. Hughes was shot," Quillin added.
Detectives told us there is no known relationship between the victim and suspects. "I will tell you that it was not a random decision to go to this particular residence," said Quillin.
Further details surrounding the shooting and arrests aren't being released at this time, though police hope their actions bring healing. "As you might imagine, the family's still heartbroken obviously, but again it's our hope this will at least bring some type of closure with the arrest of these two individuals," Quillin said.
Back on Dale Street, that closure is already beginning. "I'm just glad they found somebody," McClintock told News 5. "Finally at last; because it's been a long time coming, and I'm sure his mother is glad, and really it makes everybody on this street feel better."
Morrison and Anderson are both charged with first degree felony murder, attempted especially aggravated robbery, and aggravated assault.
Officials said the suspects are being held on a $500,000 bond, and a court date has yet to be set.