Sunday, February 12, 2012

Kingsport, TN: Kingsport man accused of stabbing girlfriend to death

KINGSPORT — A Kingsport man accused of stabbing his live-in girlfriend sometime overnight Saturday was arrested Sunday morning in Johnson City.

Mark W. Breeding, 46, 1037 Bloomingdale Pike Apt. 323, Kingsport, has been charged with first-degree murder by Kingsport police in connection to the stabbing death of his girlfriend, Beverly “Birdie” Hartsock.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday Kingsport officers responded to the apartment shared by Breeding and Hartsock in reference to a welfare check on Beverly “Birdie” Hartsock.

Police reportedly received information that “her live in boyfriend had killed her.”

“KPD Officers responded to the scene and located Mrs. Hartsock inside the apartment with a fatal Knife wound,” Detective Frank Light stated in a written report. “There were no signs of forced entry into the apartment and all the doors and windows were secured prior to KPD entering the scene. It was determined that her live in boyfriend, Mark Breeding, would be responsible for her death.”

Breeding was not home when police discovered Hartsock’s body, and an arrest warrant was issued for him.
It was determined that Breeding was driving a 1994 Red Ford Ranger “Splash” belonging to Hartsock which had Army stickers in the rear window and bumper stickers on the rear bumper.

At approximately 8:15 a.m. Sunday Breeding was located at the VA Center in Johnson City and he was arrested on a single count of first-degree murder.

Breeding was being held in the Kingsport City Jail pending arraignment Monday morning.

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