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Motorists asked to watch for officers conducting search on roadways near Marion murder scene

Motorists asked to watch for officers conducting search on roadways near Marion murder scene

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MARION — The Williamson County Sheriff's Office led a search for evidence on Thursday in the area where an 11-year-old girl was killed in her home on Dec. 5. 

The search began at 10 a.m. and lasted for several hours, according to a news release from Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick. The sheriff's office was joined by other state and local agencies.  

A representative of the sheriff's office said the "article search" was related to an ongoing investigation, but he could not provide further details. No new information was released following the search.  

It took place along Songbird Road, Khoury League Road, Fietsam Road, Norman Road and along Route 13 east of Marion.

In a statement Thursday morning, Vick asked that motorists watch for officers walking along the roadways. "Please slow down, move over to another lane when required and proceed with caution," he said.

Last week, the Williamson County State's Attorney charged Julia Bevely, 29, of 11304 Songbird Road in Marion, with three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the death of 11-year-old Jade Beasley. The charges carry a potential penalty of up to 120 years in prison. Bevely was the live-in partner of Jade's father, prosecutors said. 

Williamson County State's Attorney Brandon Zanotti said law enforcement responded to a 911 call placed by Bevely on Dec. 5. When they arrived, they found the girl deceased from multiple stab wounds. Zanotti said Bevely initially told law enforcement she had left Jade alone in the house for a short time, and witnessed an unidentified man running from the scene upon her arrival. Zanotti said further investigation indicated that Bevely had fabricated that story. 

Last week, Zanotti told reporters he could not comment on whether a murder weapon had been identified at the scene. 

Bevely is being held at the Williamson County Jail on a $2 million bond. She is next scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

molly.parker@thesouthern.com

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On Twitter: @MollyParkerSI ​

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