UPDATE: Lawrence County, Tenn., officials arrest a man for murder, woman dead after machete attack

Courtesy: Lawrence County Sheriff's Department

Courtesy: Lawrence County Sheriff's Department

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Tn. (WHNT) — Deputies charged a 28-year-old man with first degree murder in Lawrence County, Tennessee.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department arrested Christopher Desmond Simpson Sunday.

Deputies say this stems from an investigation into the death of a female who they say was attacked with a machete. Investigators found her just off of Wisdom Road in the West Point community.

WTVF in Nashville reports the incident happened Saturday afternoon. Emergency communications director and EMA director Johnny Cheatwood said the woman lost several fingers and had a cut on her neck.

They say evidence collected at the scene linked Simpson to the murder.

Officials are having a hard time identifying the victim.

Investigators say they are working to gather information on her identity and the whereabouts of any family members.

If you have information on the female’s identity or any information involving the relationship between her and Simpson to contact Lt. Nathan Neese at 931-762-1608 ext. 110 or through Lawrence Central Dispatch at 931-762-0450.



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