By Michael R. Moser
A Crossville woman just released from jail last Thursday was found dead in a motel just outside the city limits Tuesday night, and two men are now charged in connection with the slaying.
The victim was identified as Paula Scarbrough Keagle Selby, 41, who was living at the Budget Inn at 2251 Hwy. 127 S, where her body was found by emergency personnel responding to a report of an unresponsive female.
Charged with premeditated first-degree murder is Travis Allen Brumbalough, 26. Charged with tampering with evidence is Franklin Dewey Adcox, 65, both of Crossville, according to Cumberland County Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Casey Cox.
The sheriff's department has not released much information about the slaying, but what is known is that around 7:50 p.m. Tuesday E-911 received a call for an ambulance to room 106 at the motel. That call was made by an acquaintance of the victim who had discovered the woman's body.
In a brief press release, Cox stated that Selby died from head injuries caused by "blunt force."
Investigators and deputies with the sheriff's department were joined at the scene by agents of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Several witnesses were interviewed and evidence was collected throughout the night. The charges were filed within several hours after the discovery of the body.
Motive is not known, but sources say the two accused and the victim were acquainted with each other.
Bond for Brumbalough was set at $1 million, and bond for Adcox was set at $50,000.
Selby had just completed serving the balance of a four-year sentence after she pleaded guilty to theft of more than $10,000 in December of 2011. Both Adcox and Brumbalough also have previous arrest records.
The body was sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Nashville for a forensic examination, and investigation into the slaying is continuing.