Affidavit: Man admits to shooting girlfriend in Sevier Co. cabin

Sevier County officials said a man was arrested after a woman was shot and killed Saturday.
Julian Popoca
Julian Popoca(Sevier County Sheriff's Office)
Published: May. 7, 2022 at 9:42 PM EDT
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SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - A man admitted to shooting and killing his girlfriend at a Sevier County cabin Saturday, according to an affidavit obtained by WVLT News.

Deputies responded to a shooting at a cabin on Caney Creek Road just after 1:00 p.m. on May 7. Upon arrival, a woman with several gunshot wounds was found dead inside the cabin, officials said. She was identified as Shelby Lynn Booth.

Afterward, they arrested Julian Popoca, 21, of South Carolina, also at the scene. He was charged with second-degree murder.

The report states that a weapon was found in a holster in a bedroom on the nightstand. Multiple shell casings and one projectile were found that matched the caliber of the firearm found.

Popoca reportedly admitted to shooting Booth, the documents note.

“Mr. Popoca stated that he shot Shelby Lynn Booth several times while they had been in a verbal altercation,” police officials said.

He also said he owned the firearm, according to the affidavit.

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