An Oak Ridge man has been indicted on a reckless homicide charge in the death of an Oak Ridge High School graduate and former goalkeeper for the Lady Wildcats who was, at the time of her death, the member and customer service representative at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce.
Lauren Alexandra Fritts, 26, died Saturday, October 8, 2016, according to her obituary.
Troy Andrew Venable, 28, was indicted on the reckless homicide charge in her death on Tuesday, April 4. He was arrested Friday afternoon and released about four hours later from the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton. His bond has been set at $25,000.
The indictment gives few details about the alleged circumstances of Fritts’ death or Venable’s involvement. But it alleges that Venable recklessly killed Fritts on or about October 7.
Venable has an arraignment scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, April 28, in Anderson County Criminal Court in Clinton.
Fritts, who is survived by a young son and other relatives, attended St. Mary’s School in Oak Ridge and graduated in 2009 from Oak Ridge High School, according to her obituary. It said she was an acclaimed, All-State goalkeeper for the Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats. She attended Roane State Community College and East Tennessee State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management.
Among those listed as witnesses for the prosecution or involved in the investigation of the death of Fritts, or otherwise summoned in the case, are Oak Ridge Police Department detectives William Weaver and John Criswell, and officers Ben Haines, Garrett Robbins, and Daniel Freytag. Leigh Ann Corbitt and John Scott of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have also been summoned, as has Amy Hawes, MD, among others.
It’s not unusual for a grand jury indictment, which puts a case into criminal court, to contain relatively few details about the circumstances of an alleged crime. The brief narratives in indictments typically contain less information about the circumstances of an alleged crime than the affidavits attached to arrest warrants filed in general sessions court.
More information will be added as it becomes available.