Trial begins for 2 men accused of killing nurse in road rage shooting

Trial begins for 2 men accused of killing nurse in road rage shooting
Trial begins for 2 men accused of killing nurse in road rage shooting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV/Gray News) – Jury selection in the murder trial of two men accused of killing a Nashville nurse began Monday morning.

Authorities said Devaunte Hill and James Cowan were arrested in connection with the shooting death of Saint Thomas Ascension West nurse Caitlyn Kaufman.

WSMV reports that Kaufman crashed her car on Interstate 440 on the evening of Dec. 3, 2020, after she was shot while driving. A witness testified at an earlier hearing that Kaufman cut Hill and Cowan while driving, and that the shooting was the result of road rage.

A Metro Parks officer on the way home said he found Kaufman slumped over her steering wheel on I-440.

Last year, the lead investigator testified that the officer originally believed it was wreckage when he discovered Kaufman’s vehicle, but then saw the bullet holes in the car. Reportedly, the vehicle was still rolling and Kaufman’s foot was on the brake.

Police arrested Hill six days after the shooting. Cowan was arrested by investigators more than a month later. Authorities said they found two guns in Cowan’s car after he was arrested.

Hill and Cowan were charged with first degree murder in Kaufman’s death.

Kaufman’s parents came face to face with the two suspects at a preliminary hearing in November.

During the hearing, WSMV reported that Kaufman’s mother struggled to hold back tears and her father rushed through the courtroom partition towards the suspects seated at the defense table. .

Bailiffs removed Kaufman’s father from the courtroom after the deed. He spent the rest of the audience sitting outside.

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