Anderson guilty of 1st degree murder, other felonies

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KNOXVILLE – Joshua Eugene Anderson, 23, of Knoxville was pronounced guilty of first-degree felony murder today in Judge Richard Baumgartner’s Division I Criminal Court in Knox County. The charge stemmed from the December 2003 slaying of Sampson Jonathan "Mickey" McGee, 32, of Knoxville. Anderson was also convicted of especially aggravated robbery, attempted first-degree murder, and attempted especially aggravated robbery.

Anderson shot McGee twice in the chest and shot repeatedly at George England, a second victim in the incident.

The four men met at West Knox News on Kingston Pike in Knoxville, a known “gay pickup” site, and left to go to Anderson’s East Knoxville home. Once there, hostilities ensued resulting in McGee’s death from two bullets to the chest. England fled the scene to avoid being injured.

A second perpetrator, Timothy Chad Canady, previously plead guilty to facilitation to commit felony murder and two counts of attempted aggravated robbery and received a 40-year sentence. He will be eligible for parole in 2018.

The Knox County Attorney General’s office plans to pursue a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for Anderson. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for Baumgartner’s court on Tuesday, May 31.