The Tennessee man Michael Cummins who is the suspect in the murder investigation of seven people is now being prosecuted for killing an eighth person. Last month, a headless body was discovered by police and they believe Cummins is connected to the killing.
James Fox Dunn Jr. was found dead in April 17th, and now Cummins is being charged with his death in addition to the charges for the deaths of seven others.
The headless body of Dunn was found at a burned cabin just outside of Westmoreland. His head was later found nearby. It’s currently unknown if the victim was decapitated during the killing or it it was separated by another method.
It’s currently unclear how Cummins has been implicated in Dunn’s death, but the investigation is still ongoing and is separate from the other homicides.
Dunn who was 63 was originally born in Mississippi, but he grew up in Nashville where he lived out most of his life. The obituary for Dunn states that he “loved animals and the outdoors which is where he felt most at home.”
When Sumner County District Attorney Ray Whitley was asked if Dunn’s killing was linked to the others, he said that he could only confirm that the homicides were connected by Cummins. No other Sumner County law enforcement officials commented on the case.
Cummins was arrested last month after authorities discovered seven bodies at two homes in Westmoreland, a small town with around 2,000 people in Sumner County. Discovered on April 27th, Dunn’s killing was a full ten days before.
The victims include David Carl Cummins, 51, and Clara June Cummins, 44, which are both of his parents. In addition to these two family members, he also murdered his uncle, Charles Edward Hosale, 45.
Three other victims are Rachel Dawn McGlothlin-Pee, 43, her 12 year old daughter, Sapphire McGlothlin-Pee, and Rachel’s mother, Marsha Elizabeth Nuckols, 64. The connection between Cummins and these three victims is also completely unknown.
The seventh victim is Shirley B. Fehrle, 69. She was found in a different home on Luby Brown Road. The connection between Cummins and Fehrle is also unknown to officials.
On his attempt to evade police, Cummins was shot and spent two weeks in the hospital. After being released on Friday, he was official charged with six counts of first degree murder, one county of criminal homicide, one count of attempt to commit first-degree murder and one count of theft. It’s currently unknown what the charges on the Dunn case will be.
Cummins is set to appear in court once again later this month.