A fatal stabbing Sunday afternoon in Franklin leaves one local man dead and another behind bars.
On Sunday afternoon, Macon County dispatch received a call around 1 p.m. regarding a fight that had broken out at 21 Kirkland Road. The 911 report shows that emergency personnel were advised that they were responding to a patient who was hemorrhaging. First Responders from the Franklin Fire Department and ambulances from the Macon County EMS, along with the Macon County Sheriff’s Department immediately reported to the scene.
While the MCSO were clearing the scene, it was evident that a fight had broken out between Adam Hensley, 31, and Larry Nelson Wilt, 31. Officers found both men covered in blood and severely injured, reported Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland.
“As soon as law enforcement officers, first responders and emergency personnel arrived on scene, they began to provide aid to the victim [Wilt], who has several apparent stab wounds,” said Holland. “The victim was transported to Angel Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.”
While Wilt was obviously injured due to stab wounds, Hensley was also injured during the altercation. “During the struggle with the Wilt, it is apparent that the Wilt bit the end of Hensley's nose off,” explained Holland. “Detectives recovered a portion of Hensley’s nose near where Wilt was found when deputies and first responders arrived on scene.”
While witnesses at the scenes stated they suspected alcohol was involved, the incident/investigation report says it is unknown if it played a factor into the incident.
Iva Jean Smith, 54, who lists the 21 Kirkland address as her home is listed as a witness on the MCSO investigation report.
MCSO Deputy Matthew Canzone completed the narrative for the report and stated that along with himself, three other deputies responded to the dispatch call regarding a fight. “While in route…dispatch advised that a male subject had been cut with a knife and they were unable to advise how severe the injuries were,” reported Canzone. “Dispatch then advised that a male subject had been stabbed and the caller was hysterical and dispatch was unable to get any further information.”
According to Canzone’s report, when he arrived on scene, he found Hensley standing in the driveway with his hands up and he had blood on his face, chest, and shirt. Canzone found a female [Smith] in the doorway to the residence beside Wilt, who was lying face down with a shirt on.
Canzone was unable to detect a pulse on Wilt when he searched for one. While securing the scene, Canzone placed Hensley in handcuffs for safety reasons, at which point Canzone reported that Hensley stated, ‘it was in self-defense and I don’t know if the knife is in my pocket or on the porch.”
While securing the scene, MCSO Deputy Troy Burt found a knife with a red and black handle wrapped in a blue glove inside of the residence. The knife was secured as evidence.
While the investigation remains ongoing, Holland ensures that his officers will take all precautions necessary to gather complete evidence for a fair trial. “We will see to it that our District Attorney's Office receives a complete and thorough investigation at its conclusion,” said Holland. “Mr. Wilt's family deserves a professionally conducted investigation as they seek justice on behalf of their family member. I have the utmost confidence in my officers as they put this case together for our District Attorney to prosecute."
Hensley was charged with first degree murder. He is being held without bond at the Macon County Detention Center.