Information from mom led police to evidence that her son had committed burlaries in 2003. He was eventually sent to prison and had served his time.

A mother tipped off police about burglaries she said her son was involved with. Now she is dead from a single stab wound to her chest, and her son is charged with her murder.

Bail was set at $1 million for James Ichard, 24, of Marion. He was charged Tuesday in Williamson County Circuit Court with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of his mother, Tina King, 42, also of Marion.

Marion police responded to a 911 call from a residence in the 200 block of South Future Street. When police arrived, they found King with a single stab wound to the chest. She was taken to Heartland Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
 
In 2003, Ichard was sentenced to five years in prison as part of a plea agreement in which he admitted to a residential burglary charge. He had served his sentence when charged with his mother’s murder.

According to testimony in Ichard's preliminary hearing for the burglaries, Marion police detective T.J. Warren testified that Ichard's mother tipped police off about the burglaries.

When police searched Ichard's home at the time, they recovered electronic equipment, camping equipment, DVDs, CDs, as well as a large quantity of snacks and chips, which were apparently stolen from a Jay's potato chip truck. Along with the chips, police found jars of cheese sauce and salsa.

Records from the Williamson County Circuit Clerk's office reveal that Ichard's address in the 200 block of South Future, which is where King was found stabbed to death early Monday morning.

Tim Petrowich writes for the Marion Daily Republican. He can be reached at  publisher@mariondaily.com .