This past Saturday, seven people were found murdered in Sumner County of Tennessee. Although this is when the bodies were found, it’s still unknown exactly when the murders took place. A suspect is currently in custody as the investigation into these murders continue.
The identities of the seven victims were released on Monday, including that of a twelve year old girl. Four of the victims are identified to be a part of the Cummins family, and the other three a family consisting of a mother, her daughter, and her granddaughter.
The suspect that was taken into custody is Michael Cummins, the 25 year old son of the parents who were murdered. David Carl Cummins, 51, and Clara June Cummins, 44. In addition to the murder of his parents, Cummins also murdered his uncle, Charles Edward Hosale, 45.
The motive behind the killings is still unknown as the investigation continues further.
The other three 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.
These six bodies were found at a home on Charles Brown Road.
Shirley B. Fehrle, 69, was the seventh victim in this series of killings. She was found in a different home on Luby Brown Road. The connection between Cummins and Fehrle is also unknown to officials.
There has been an eighth victim in all of this who survived and is currently in critical condition in the hospital. This victim has not been named, but they were said to be a relative of Cummins as well.
Cummins was found on Saturday after the killings with the use of a helicopter. The hour long search finally let officers about a mile away from one of the murder scenes. He was found in a creek bed.
“We’re talking about a mass killing.”
The bodies were discovered on Saturday following a report of a possible crime. This is when they investigated and found the first four bodies at the Charles Brown Road home. The body of the woman at the Luby Brown Road home was found next. Looking further into the first house led investigators to discover two more bodies.
The director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation called the series of murders, “gruesome.”
“We’re talking about a mass killing.” He said at a news conference that happened on Monday.
Press continues to ask more and more questions about connections between Cummins and all the victims. In addition to these questions, the question of what the weapon used in the crime was arose as well. In response to this, further information was declined to be provided.
Cummins apparently has a history of criminal activities though. In previous years, he has pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated arson, aggravated assault, and domestic assault.
This case has been one of the worst murder cases in Tennessee in many years. Ray Whitley, the Sumner County district attorney general said that, “This is one of the most horrific cases I’ve ever had to encounter.”