Ricina B. Patrick faces first-degree murder charges in the stabbing death of 55-year-old Ricky Lynn Price. (Photo contributed by law enforcement)

Ricina B. Patrick faces first-degree murder charges in the stabbing death of 55-year-old Ricky Lynn Price. (Photo contributed by law enforcement)

By Brad Hicks

A joint investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department resulted in the Monday arrest of an Erwin woman on murder charges, the TBI announced Monday evening.

Ricina B. Patrick, 29, was arrested by TBI special agents on Monday, Feb. 27, evening and charged with first-degree murder. She was booked into the Unicoi County Jail, where she is currently being held on a $500,000 bond, according to the TBI.

According to a statement issued Monday by the TBI, at the request of District Attorney General Tony Clark, special agents from the TBI joined UCSD detectives in investigating the Monday death of 55-year-old Ricky Lynn Price.

At approximately 10 a.m. Monday, officers with the sheriff’s department and Erwin Police Department responded to the report of a stabbing at a home in the 300 block of Tipton Street in Erwin, according to the TBI.

“Upon arrival, Price was located at a neighbor’s home suffering from apparent stab wounds,” a release issued Monday evening by the TBI states. “Price was transported to the hospital, where he later died.”

During the course of the investigation, authorities developed information leading to Patrick, the victim’s girlfriend, as the individual responsible for the crime, according to the TBI.

The alleged crime scene on Tipton Street was taped off on Monday as investigators processed the scene, and the nearby Unicoi County High School and Unicoi County Middle School were briefly put on lockdown.