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Ex-teacher charged with murder, kidnapping pleads not guilty
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A former Campbell County teacher pleaded not guilty Monday morning to a superseding indictment that alleges he kidnapped and murdered a LaFollette woman on Dec. 2 and robbed and kidnapped a Campbell County couple three days later.

Lonnie Vann, 44, was appointed an attorney Monday during his court appearance in Campbell County Criminal Court.

The indictment, handed up Feb. 13, replaces prior charges returned last month.

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The grand jury's nine-county indictment alleges Vann on Dec. 2 kidnapped and committed the first-degree murder and felony murder of Rhonda M. Daugherty, 49. Daugherty's body has yet to be found and authorities haven't said how Vann may have killed her.

He also is charged with the aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery of Robert J. Fields and Cecilia D. Fields three days after Daugherty's alleged death. Authorities say the armed robbery occurred at the Fieldses' Deerfield Way residence and that Vann and the Fieldses were acquainted.

ID=21396121Authorities accuse Vann of fleeing the area after he killed Daugherty and robbed the Fieldses.

The next time officials spotted Vann was 400 miles away in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Police in Myrtle Beach pulled Vann over on Highway 501 and arrested him without incident on Dec. 12.

Three days before Vann's arrest, officials claimed the 44-year-old followed a couple inside a Courtyard Marriott Hotel, broke into their room, and stole their wallets.

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Vann's legal troubles date to October 2013, when authorities say he tried to hug and kiss a 13-year-old female student in Campbell County.

Investigators claim Vann left LaFollette Middle School with the student and took her to a nearby church. Officials said after the incident, Vann altered images on the church's security camera recordings.

In July, deputies charged Vann with solicitation of a minor, tampering with evidence and assault.

10News obtained documents showing that Daugherty's husband, Charles, is a witness in that case.

Vann's next court hearing is scheduled for April.


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