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Road rage may have prompted fatal shooting of Nashville Nurse

Court testimony suggests 26-year-old Caitlyn Kaufman may have been a victim of road rage in December.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — UPDATE 1/22/2021 - (ASSOCIATED PRESS) - Court testimony has pointed to a possible motive in the fatal shooting of a Tennessee nurse along Interstate 440 in Nashville. 

It suggests 26-year-old Caitlyn Kaufman may have been a victim of road rage in December.

Two men have been charged with criminal homicide in her death. They are 21-year-old Devaunte Lewis Hill and 28-year-old James Edward Cowan. 

Davidson County General Sessions Judge Melissa Blackburn found probable cause after a witness said Hill gave him the weapon used and told him that Hill had cut them off along the highway, prompting the gunfire. 

A detective said Hill told police a similar story. The case now goes to a grand jury.

Credit: Metro Nashville Police Department
Devaunte Hill
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James Cowan

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1/14/2021 - (Nashville Police News Release) - Homicide Unit detectives this morning charged the girlfriend of murder suspect James Cowan with harboring him as a fugitive.

Dimeneshia Carter, 21, was with Cowan when he was arrested Tuesday night at a Hickory Hollow Place apartment complex. MNPD undercover detectives, an MNPD helicopter, TBI and ATF agents surveilled the couple as she drove him in a rental car to the apartment complex from a Sidco Drive motel.

During questioning, Carter acknowledged staying with Cowan and providing him transportation knowing that he was wanted.

Cowan is being held without bond on a charge of criminal homicide for the December 3rd shooting death of Nashville nurse Caitlyn Kaufman on I-440.

Carter is being held in lieu of $75,000 bond.

Seized from Cowan was cash totaling $2,159.

Seized from the rental car were 2 semi-automatic pistols, 126 rounds of ammunition, 1 pound of edible marijuana gummies, 7 ounces of marijuana, 5.3 grams of powder cocaine, 238 Xanax bars, and 56 Adderall pills. Charges in relation to those items are pending.

Credit: Metro Nashville Police Department
Dimeneshia Carter
Credit: Metro Nashville Police Department

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Credit: Metro Nashville Police Department
James Cowan

1/13/2021 - (AP) - Authorities in Nashville, Tennessee have arrested a second suspect in the fatal shooting of a nurse on Interstate 440 last month. 

News outlets cited a statement from Metro Nashville Police that says 28-year-old James Edward Cowan was apprehended Tuesday night at an apartment complex. 

An arrest warrant was issued last week charging Cowan with criminal homicide in the Dec. 3 slaying of Caitlyn Kaufman. The nurse was was killed as she drove to work at St. Thomas West Hospital. 

It wasn't immediately clear whether Cowan has an attorney. Another man was charged on Dec. 11. No motive has been given.

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Credit: Metro Nashville Police
James Edward Cowan

1/7/2021 - Police in Nashville are searching for a second suspect in the fatal shooting of a nurse on Interstate 440 last month. 

Metro Nashville Police told news outlets on Wednesday that an arrest warrant has been issued charging 28-year-old James Edward Cowan with criminal homicide. He's charged in the Dec. 3 slaying of 26-year-old Caitlyn Kaufman, who was killed as she drove to work at St. Thomas West Hospital. 

Another man, Devaunte Hill, was charged on Dec. 11. No motive has been given. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to Cowan's arrest.