During the early morning hours Sunday, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies and criminal investigators were dispatched to 9918 U.S. 270 in Jefferson County in reference to a report of an unresponsive male, according to a sheriff's office news release.
Upon arrival, deputies and investigators discovered the body of a white male identified as Tommy Tumlin, 47, lying on the kitchen floor inside the residence, the release said. The suspect, who was arrested at the residence, has been identified as Vincent Hooper, 47, according to the release.
"A preliminary criminal investigation revealed that Hooper and Tumlin, who were friends, went fishing earlier in the day," the news release said.
"The two returned to Hooper’s residence following the outing. Hooper’s wife and step-daughter were also present at the residence. A domestic dispute between Hooper and his wife occurred. Tumlin intervened, and Hooper’s wife, accompanied by her daughter, left the residence shortly after. Hooper, who had been drinking throughout the day, argued [with] Tumlin. At some point the argument became physical, with Hooper fatality stabbing Tumlin."
The release continued: "Thereafter, Hooper spoke with his wife via the telephone and asked her to return home. She initially refused but returned home some time later and discovered Tumlin’s body lying on the kitchen floor of the residence. Hooper’s wife contacted 911, and deputies and investigators responded.
"Hooper was arrested and transported to the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center, where he is currently being held without bond on probable cause for 1st degree murder. Hooper is due to appear before the Honorable Kimberly C. Bridgforth, the First Division District Court judge, for a first appearance probable cause hearing at 9 a.m. on Monday."
Tumlin’s death marks the first homicide in Jefferson County since May of 2016, the sheriff's office said.