Pitchfork-robbery suspect charged in Tennessee killing

The man accused of robbing a Waffle House with a pitchfork in Norcross a week and a half ago is now charged with killing someone in Tennessee.

Jeffrey Willard Wooten, 49, was taken into custody Friday afternoon in Knoxville. He is accused of having fatally shot a man, carjacked a vehicle and led police on a chase, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies were called to a home around noon after a woman reported her vehicle had been taken at gunpoint and her brother had been shot, the Sheriff’s Office said.

She told police she and her mother pulled into the mother’s driveway and were confronted by a man with a gun, who took her vehicle and fled. Inside the house, the woman found her brother, Randy Lands, 44, dead. He had been shot.

The suspect was later identified as Wooten, police said.

Last week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Norcross police believe Wooten was the man who entered a Waffle House on Buford Highway on May 1 wearing coveralls and a ski mask, forced employees into a back room and tried to leave with the cash register and his weapon — a pitchfork.

Outside the restaurant, the robber dropped the pitchfork but held on to the cash register. Two restaurant employees than grabbed the pitchfork and used it to smash the back window of his truck, police said. Investigators believe Wooten may have been injured while attempting to leave the restaurant. Police said he later abandoned his truck.

Wooten had eluded capture until Friday, when he crashed and was arrested in Knox County, Tenn. He was booked into the Knox County jail, where he was being held Saturday.