Burglary turns into reckless homicide

Photos courtesy of Knox County Sheriff’s Department

This house in Artemus was being burglarized as Knox sheriff’s deputy arrived on the scene.
This house in Artemus was being burglarized as Knox sheriff’s deputy arrived on the scene.
Pictured are needles from inside house where victim was found
Pictured are needles from inside house where victim was found

By Bobbie Poynter

Responding to a report of a burglary in progress on Walton Road in Artemus around 2 p.m. Monday, Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Claude Hudson arrived on the scene and arrested Harvey Cain, 30, of Artemus, and Amy Cain, 24, of Trosper. A third suspect, Josh Reiter, fled into a neighboring house trailer, where he lived.

While searching for Reiter in that home, Deputy Hudson found Felicia West, 37, of Artemus, passed out in a bedroom. Deputy Hudson was unable to awaken her and called Knox County E.M.S., who transported her to the Knox County emergency room, where she was pronounced dead.

Josh Reiter, 30, of Artemus, escaped, but was apprehended by Deputy Hudson later that night after returning to the residence.

The three suspects were charged with second degree criminal trespass, pubic intoxication, and various other drug charges.  Both Harvey and Amy Cain were also charged with violating an Emergency Protective Order. Reiter was also charged with resisting arrest, fleeing or evading police, wanton endangerment, violation of probation and two bench warrants.

They were all lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

On Tuesday, Deputy Hudson learned that Felicia West had died and also charged the three with reckless homicide.