Tip leads to arrest in highway murder of Nashville nurse Caitlyn Kaufman
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Devaunte L. Hill, 21, is charged with criminal homicide in the death of Caitlyn Kaufman.

By Kaylin Jorge, WZTV

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) -- An arrest has been made in the murder of Nashville ICU nurse Caitlyn Kaufman.

Devaunte L. Hill, 21, is in custody and being charged with murder. Hill was arrested Friday morning at his Berkshire Place apartment in East Nashville and detectives say he made statements to "implicate" himself in the case.

Kaufman, 26, was shot and killed while driving to work on I-440 Dec. 3 between the Hillsboro Road and West End exits. Police say she was traveling for her shift at St. Thomas West Hospital when someone fired at least six rounds at her car from the interstate. Kaufman was struck by gunfire that killed her within 15 seconds, according to the medical examiner.

Police said a concerned citizen came forward Thursday afternoon with information about a suspect and a 9mm gun used in the murder. Detectives said they found the gun that night and crime experts did an immediate analysis.

Police said there was a 100-percent match of the three 9mm shell casings found at the scene. Police also determined Hill's cell phone was in the vicinity the night Kaufman was killed.

Police say Hill didn't know Caitlyn before the murder. The investigation remains ongoing.


Hill faces charges including criminal homicide. The Tennessean reports Metro Nashville Police Homicide Detective Christopher Dickerson said investigators have not ruled out the possibility of more suspects or arrests to come.


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