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14-006 Oldsmar Murder Suspect Arrested In Tennesee

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Robbery/Homicide Unit

Sevier County Sheriff’s Office

Pigeon Forge Police Department

James “Brian” Quilliams (Arrested)
DOB: 02/27/1973
Address: 4761 Stoneview Circle, Oldsmar
Arrested for 1st degree murder

Teresa Sue Compton (Deceased- Quilliams’ girlfriend)
DOB: 05/25/1965
Address: 4761 Stoneview Circle, Oldsmar

The suspect in the Oldsmar murder, has been located and arrested in Sevier County, Tennessee. 40-year-old James “Brian” Quilliams has been charged with first degree murder in the death of his girlfriend 48-year-old Teresa Sue Compton. According to detectives, Quilliams slashed and stabbed Compton multiple times with a sword.

The suspect was taken into custody just after midnight (in the early morning) on January 16, 2014.

The suspect was found and arrested in a cabin located in the 3100 block of Valley Home Way in Wears Valley, Tennesee.

On January 13, 2014 at about 4:46 p.m. Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call for service for a suspicious incident at 4761 Stoneview Circle in Oldsmar. The complainants advised that they had observed blood in the driveway and were concerned about the welfare of the homeowners.

Upon entering the home, deputies saw the living room floor was covered in blood. After further search of the home, they discovered the victim later identified as Teresa Sue Compton, deceased in the garage. Deputies retreated and contacted detectives from the Sheriff’s Robbery/ Homicide Unit, who began their investigation.

Based on their investigation so far, detectives have put together the following timeline of events:

Neighbors said they saw Quilliams sitting in his car in front of the home between 8:00 and 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 12, 2014 and described his demeanor as “weird.” On the same night between 11:00 p.m. and midnight, neighbors reported they heard the couple arguing. Neighbor said arguing between the couple was not unusual.

Detectives say at 4:21 a.m. on Monday, January 13th, Quilliams booked a flight to Knoxville, Tennessee on Allegiant Airlines out of St. Pete Clearwater Airport. At 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on the 13th- neighbors reported seeing Quilliams in the driveway of the Oldsmar residence. At 3:15 p.m. the same day, Quilliams checked his baggage in at St. Pete Clearwater Airport. Detectives say Quilliams arrived in Knoxville, Tennessee at 8:50 p.m. on the 13th and was taken by a friend to a motel in Pigeon Forge.

At 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday,  January 14th, 2013, Quilliams ex-wife Kristi Quilliams was arrested for DUI by Pigeon Forge Police Department. When asked if they should call her husband to pick up her vehicle, Kristi Williams told officers her husband would not come to get the vehicle as he was on the run after killing a woman in Pinellas County. She also told officers that she had dropped him off at the Smokey Mountains National Park.

Through further investigation and in coordination with the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, detectives learned that Quilliams may be in a cabin in the 3100 block of Valley Home Way in Wears Valley in Tennessee. Quilliams was located there and taken into custody on the early morning of Thursday January 16th -without further incident by the US Marshalls Service.

Quilliams’ vehicle, a 2001 Black Nissan Ex-Terra was located at the St. Pete Clearwater Airport and is being processed.

A sword believed to be the murder weapon was located and in the victim’s home in Oldsmar.

Detectives say Compton and Quilliams had been arguing over text messages sent by Quilliams to his ex-wife, Kristi Quilliams.

The investigation continues.

James "Brian" Quilliams


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