KPD e-News Release: Woman Charged in Stabbing Death of her Mother

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

SUBJECT: Woman Charged in Stabbing Death of her Mother
DATE: November 15, 2021
CASE #: 21-023550
On November 14, 2021 at approximately 6:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives were called to a residence in the 1200 block of Pine Street in Kingsport, where family members had discovered the resident, Freida G. Wright, deceased inside the home. Responding Officers confirmed that she was deceased from what appeared to be stab wounds.

Based upon a history of ongoing domestic issues between the victim and her daughter, Stephanie E. Patterson, Detectives soon narrowed in on her as the most likely suspect. After further investigation, Detectives were able to develop probable cause to determine that Ms. Patterson was indeed responsible for her mother’s death.

Ms. Patterson was arrested soon thereafter at a nearby residence in the 1200 block of Willow Street. She was charged with First Degree Murder and Tampering with Evidence and confined in the Kingsport City Jail. She was arraigned earlier today, where her bond was set at $300,000. She is scheduled to be transported to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville later today.

As this remains an active and ongoing investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division, absolutely no additional details can or will be released at this time.

Name Stephanie E. Patterson
Age 29 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) 1) First Degree Murder

2) Tampering with Evidence

Name Freida G. Wright
Age 66 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal Stab Wounds
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)


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