Son Charged with Killing his Mother

By Bree Belyea


On Friday, March 1, 2019 Kelly M. Brackin, 52, was found dead on Cherry Street in Alcoa. Her son, Johnathon Sellers, 18, is charged with criminal homicide for her death. Around 4 a.m., Officers with the Pigeon Forge Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Sellers for suspected DUI. According to police, Sellers failed to stop and led officers on a chase into Gatlinburg before turning back to Pigeon Forge. As Sellers crossed into the Sevierville city limits, officers with the Sevierville Police Department deployed spike strips in the northbound lanes of the parkway, disabling his vehicle. Sellers then got out of his vehicle with a shotgun and three Pigeon Forge officers fired shots. Sellers was injured and transported to an area hospital for treatment. TBI is investigating the officer-involved shooting. In Alcoa, officers went to an apartment on Cherry Street just after 4:30 a.m. for a welfare check. Detectives say they found Seller's mother, Kelly M. Brackin, dead inside of the Cherry Street apartment. An autopsy revealed she was shot multiple times. According to the Alcoa Police Department, Sellers is being charged with killing his mother. He is being held on a $1 million bond, and will have a hearing on Monday, March 4 in Blount county. After Sellers was released from the hospital, he was transported to Alcoa Police Department where he was later charged with criminal homicide. So far we do not have a update on Sellers hearing.