Metro Nashville police said Jan. 6 detectives remain on the lookout for a second suspect in the killing of Nashville nurse Caitlyn Kaufman as she drove to work Dec. 3 on Interstate 440.
Devaunte L. Hill, 21, was previously charged with criminal homicide related to Kaufman’s death at his apartment in the Berkshire Place complex on Porter Road in East Nashville and booked in at the Downtown Detention Center. He remained without bond pending a hearing. Kaufman was shot while driving to work.
"Hill was brought into police headquarters where he was interviewed by homicide unit detectives Chris Dickerson and Jefferson Hughes, and, without going into detail, which I cannot do at this point, he gave a statement implicating himself in Caitlyn's murder,” said Metro Nashville police Chief John Drake during a news conference.
Detectives turned their attention to find James Edward Cowan, 28, a second suspect of Kaufman’s killing. An arrest warrant that charges Cowan with criminal homicide remained outstanding.
Police believe Cowan was with Hill when shots were fired from their car into Kaufman’s car.
The investigation, led by Dickerson, showed Cowan and Hill know each other. Analysis of cellphone data by Metro police electronics experts put both men in the area of the crime scene when Kaufman was killed Dec. 3 just after 6 p.m.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to Cowan’s arrest. Nashville CrimeStoppers offered an additional reward of up to $1,000.