Police: Man charged in Etowah teen's murder arrested again for egging cars, home

Joseph Wielzen, the man charged in the 2017 murder of Etowah teen Kelsey Burnette, is back in jail. This time, officers say it's for vandalism. (Images: McMinn Co. Sheriff's Office, Brando / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

The man charged in the 2017 rape and murder of an Etowah teenager is back in jail. This time, officers say it's for vandalism.

Officers were sent to the Circle K at 835 N. Tennessee Avenue on Wednesday after hearing that several cars had been hit by eggs.

According to police, a man told them he was driving down Pennsylvania Avenue and saw a man hanging out of the back passenger seat of a gray Jeep Cherokee. That's when he says the man threw an object at his car.

Police pulled over a vehicle matching the description, and noticed a trail of egg yolk dripping from the rear window. At that point, another person came and told officers his cars and home had also been egged.

According to an arrest report, the 17-year-old driver told police that they were headed to the store and then home. Officers also spoke with another passenger, who said they'd picked up Joseph Wielzen and then he and another man, Victor LDareus Felix, began throwing eggs at cars.

Police arrested and charged Wielzen and Felix with four counts of vandalism each. Officers say Felix had an active warrant. Online court records show Felix was wanted for a probation violation on a charge of misdemeanor theft.

Wielzen is still awaiting trial for the murder of 18-year-old Kelsey Burnette. The teenager went missing on July 1st, 2017, and three days later her body was found in Etowah.

Burnette's death shocked the community, and left the family waiting for answers for months. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Wielzen surrendered to authorities on June 21, 2018, and was charged with felony murder and aggravated rape in the case. He bonded out in September.

At the time of the incident, Wielzen was a juvenile, but he will be tried as an adult.

This is a developing story - depend on us to update you as we learn more.

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