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Blythe Pleads Guilty To Killing Her Husband


July 6, 2017

Sandy Blythe has been sentenced to roughly six to eight years in prison after she pleaded guilty to the voluntary manslaughter of her husband, Tim Grant, on Dec. 5, 2015.

Blythe initially pleaded innocence in the case.

But after a lengthy investigation, the then 63-year-old Blythe was arrested on a murder charge in late January of 2016 following her confession to killing Grant after an argument between the two on Dec. 5 in the Little River area.

On Dec. 5, 2015, Blythe arrived at Transylvania Regional Hospital with Grant.

According to preliminary autopsy reports, Grant had been killed from a single gunshot wound for a number of hours prior to being brought to the hospital.

When reached for comment about the plea and the sentencing, District Attorney Greg Newman said his office had “questionable evidence on the issue of malice, which is required for second-degree murder.”

“We had multiple statements from (Blythe), and she had a history of treatment for mental illness,” Newman said. “There were no pending charges against her until she voluntarily showed up at the (Sheriff’s Office) and told detectives that she shot Mr. Grant in Brevard.

“Her last statement was that Grant begged her to put him out of his misery — referring to his poor health.

“Anyway, we felt we definitely had solid facts for voluntary manslaughter.”

Initial Story

At first, Blythe said Grant was shot and killed Dec. 5 after an altercation with two other men on Brevard Road in Buncombe County.

Blythe’s statement to the Brevard Police Department (BPD) was used to establish probable cause for the issuance of a search warrant in the early morning hours of Dec. 6 of the couple’s home on Blythe Road in Pisgah Forest.

According to the search warrant, just before 6:45 p.m., Dec. 5, the Sheriff’s Office was told a deceased gunshot victim was at Transylvania Regional Hospital.

Blythe, according to the search warrant, first told a BPD officer that she and her husband had been in the parking lot of the Zen Tubing Center, which is on Brevard Road.

Blythe told the officer they were being robbed and she grabbed her gun. She said the “gun was grabbed from her and shot” Grant.

At this point, Blythe did not give a description of the individuals involved in the alleged robbery.

She told the officer she drove to the Enmark gas station on the Asheville Highway, where she met Paul Pressley.

Blythe said Pressley checked to see if Grant was still alive.

Pressley said he wasn’t and said they should go to the hospital.

Later, a BPD detective talked to Blythe at the police department. Blythe said she and Grant, on the morning of Dec. 5, had gone to Etowah to run errands.

The two had gotten in an argument, Blythe said, but she refused to say what about.

Blythe said Grant wanted to drive to Asheville to meet two men, but he would not tell her what for.

Blythe told the BPD that they drove to the Biltmore Square Mall and parked near a seafood restaurant and talked about something she refused to give the BPD details about, according to the warrant.

Blythe said Grant then decided that it was time to meet the two men.

They drove just past the Zen Tubing Center, she said, and parked on the river side of the road facing south.

Soon after, a large dark colored car pulled in from the North and a tall, slender man with wavy blonde hear, wearing a beige jacket and blue jeans got out of the car, Blythe said.

She said a “stocky Mexican” man wearing a dark jacket and dark pants got out of the passenger side.

Blythe said Grant and the two men met in between the two cars while she waited in the car.

Blythe told investigators the tall blonde man raised his voice, so she turned off the car so she could hear what he was saying.

She then said that she got out of the car, with a revolver, and walked toward the men.

Blythe said the blonde-haired man grabbed her from behind after the Hispanic man, who was pushing Grant, distracted her.

Blythe said the Hispanic man had pushed Grant in her direction and the gun went off.

Blythe said she struggled with the two men, who then put Grant in the passenger seat of her vehicle, and she drove off.

Blythe said she drove home, let her dog out and called her sister to ask her if she would give the dog medicine if she was not home by 8 p.m. She then said she “washed a pot in the sink that she had used earlier, smoked cigarettes and then drove back into town.”

Blythe said she then called Pressley and asked him to meet her at the Enmark. The responding BPD officer at the hospital noted a wound on Blythe’s hand. She had no memory of incurring the injury and was unable to provide timelines for the event.

Guns, ammunition, and a number of empty and full prescription pill bottles were found during the search.

The inventory of items seized at the home did not indicate whether the firearms were registered to either Blythe or Grant nor was there any record of either party being prescribed any of the seized medication.

The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office, Buncombe County Sheriff's Office, Brevard Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation worked on the investigation.


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