HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. (CNN) -- A man is accused of stabbing a 74-year-old woman to death, then setting her northeastern Tennessee home on fire to cover his tracks. Investigators say he'd been trying to rob the elderly woman in Hawkins County when she fought back.
This burnt out shell of a house was once home to Ann Jackson. She lived here alone after her husband died last July. Sheriff Ronnie Lawson with the Hawkins County Tennessee Sheriff's Office says, "She'd make me candy on Christmas. And we'd tell each other our ills and aches and pains."
Those fond memories have now been replaced by fear for one of Jackson's neighbors. Sheriff Lawson says, "You never know when somebody would set your house afire. Maybe burn you up in it while you're asleep in the middle of the night."
The Hawkins County Sheriff arrested 36-year-old Mickey Lee Fletcher for allegedly killing Jackson.
They say Fletcher lived in the same neighborhood. Sheriff Lawson says, "He was interviewed and gave a statement admitting his participation in this crime."
Sheriff Ronnie Lawson says Fletcher went to Jackson's house late Saturday night to borrow money but Jackson refused to give him any.
That's when Fletcher allegedly stabbed Jackson twice and then possibly hit her on the head. Sheriff Lawson says, "He stole some items from the residence: jewelry, weapons, some old coins."
Fletcher left with the loot but according to Lawson, Fletcher came back and set the house on fire.
A tragic crime that Jackson's neighbor calls unnecessary. Sheriff Lawson says, "They could tie her up in a corner somewhere and take what they wanted and go on."