A Watauga County man has been convicted in Johnson County TN Criminal Court.

According to the Tomahawk 39 year old Michael Stacey James May of Zionville. was one of six people arrested in the alleged murder of 29-year-old Carlton Lamaar Edmondson in January 2018. A jury found May guilty of first-degree murder, extortion, conspiracy to commit extortion, aggravated kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping. The victim Carlton Lamaar Edmondson was reported missing in 2018 but was never found and authorities believe the suspects kidnapped Edmondson, assaulted him, and left him alone in a remote area of Trade, Tennessee.