Chapel Hill robbery draws two indictments

Friday, January 26, 2007

by Clint Confehr

Staff Writer

Two Hohenwald men were indicted Wednesday by the Marshall County Grand Jury for allegedly robbing the North Medical Clinic in Chapel Hill.


In an unrelated case, the grand jury indicted Mark Robert Carter, 29, who's been charged by Bedford County Sheriff's officials in connection with cattle rustling. He's charged here in a multi-jurisdictional case alleging theft of four-wheelers.

Indicted in connection with the Dec. 20 robbery in Chapel Hill are Mickey Morris Murphy, 34, and Derrick Paul Hankins, 19, who were arraigned by Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler.

Murphy and Hankins were apprehended by a Williamson County Sheriff's deputy on Interstate 65 within 90 minutes of the robbery, according to Marshall County Sheriff's officials.


Murphy allegedly entered the clinic, asked to use the restroom, came out, sprayed Joy Sweeney with pepper spray, took a money bag from her and fled to a get-away vehicle parked nearby, Marshall County Sheriff's Detective Bob Johnson said.

Hankins is the alleged get-away driver of a pickup truck that reportedly went north to State Route 840 and then west to Interstate 65 where it was stopped by Williamson County Sheriff's Deputy Rodney King, Johnson said the day after the crime.

The money bag allegedly taken by Murphy contained $9,083 in cash and checks, according to the arrest warrant filed against Murphy. About $5,000 of the total was cash, Johnson said.

Sweeney is the owner of the North Medical Clinic on North Horton Parkway and Johnson said business receipts had been taken to the bank on a weekly basis. Sweeney was alone when she was robbed and she called 911 to report the crime.

The suspects' arrest was assisted by alert citizens who saw a man in a black hooded sweatshirt, believed to be Murphy, run from the clinic and get into a teal-colored pickup truck which was impounded by sheriffs' officials, Johnson said.