NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A second man wanted in connection with the shooting death of nurse Caitlyn Kaufman alongside a Nashville interstate was captured Tuesday night time by a crew of native, state and federal authorities.
James Edward Cowan, 28, was arrested when he arrived at a Hickory Hollow Place house complicated by Metro Nashville police, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and ATF brokers, authorities mentioned. His girlfriend, 21-year-old Dimensha Carter, who was with him on the time of his arrest, was additionally arrested in reference to the case.
Cowan, who was needed on a legal murder cost in the Dec. 3 slaying, had traveled to the complicated from a motel on Sidco Drive, the place police consider he was staying the previous few days.
Her automobile, which was struck by no less than six bullets, was found by a Metro parks officer who thought the automobile had crashed. Upon investigating, he found Kaufman useless in her automobile.
A motive in the slaying remained below investigation on Wednesday, police mentioned.
Cowan’s girlfriend was charged Wednesday morning with harboring Cowan as a fugitive, a felony cost.
According to police, Carter was with Cowan when he was arrested Tuesday night time. MNPD undercover detectives, an MNPD helicopter, TBI and ATF brokers surveilled the couple as she drove him in a rental automobile to the house complicated from the motel.
During questioning, police mentioned, Carter acknowledged staying with Cowan and offering him transportation realizing that he was needed.
Metro police spokesman Don Aaron mentioned Cowan refused to be interviewed by investigators.
She was being jailed in Nashville in lieu of $77,000 bond Wednesday. Jail data present she was additionally going through a misdemeanor capias cost. Information about that cost was not instantly accessible.
The shooting chilled Nashville and caught nationwide consideration as her members of the family pleaded for the killers to be apprehended.
On Dec. 11, Devaunte Lewis Hill, 21, was arrested on a legal murder cost in reference to Kaufman’s demise.
According to an arrest affidavit, a involved citizen informed police they’d details about the killing and recognized Hill because the particular person who shot Kaufman. It states the particular person additionally informed police concerning the potential whereabouts of the gun used in the shooting.
The involved citizen who got here ahead with info additionally implicated Cowan being concerned, in response to Cowan’s arrest affidavit.
The two males know one another, in response to investigators. But Hill didn’t know Kaufman, police mentioned. Aaron additionally confirmed neither Cowan nor Carter knew the girl.
He additionally mentioned that as of Wednesday, authorities weren’t trying to find anybody else in connection to the case.
Analysis of each males’s cell telephones present they have been in the world of the shooting when it occurred and police consider Cowan was with Hill when photographs have been fired at her automobile.
A health worker decided a single bullet struck Kaufman’s shoulder and that she died inside seconds of being hit.
Police reported that contained in the rental automobile, officers found 5 grams of cocaine, half a pound of marijuana, 238 Xanax bars, 56 Adderall tablets in addition to two semi-automatic weapons and 126 rounds of ammunition, throughout Cowan’s arrest Tuesday.
Hill and Cowan remained jailed Wednesday, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office on-line data present. Both males are additionally due in court docket for a listening to on the cost later this week, Davidson County court docket data present.
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