PARIS, Tenn. - Authorities have charged 31-year-old Edward Michael Taylor with two counts of murder in the deaths of a Henry County elderly couple.
Taylor had fled to Marion County in the victims' stolen car. He called 911 and turned himself into police on Sunday, where they say he gave a full confession to the murders of Barbara and Kenneth Walker.
Deputies said minutes before the murders, Taylor was involved in a kidnapping and held a woman at gunpoint in her car. She forced him out just a few blocks away from the Walker's house. Investigators believe he went there simply because it was close.
Sheriff Belew said Ken Walker was outside the home doing yard work and Barbara was inside decorating the Christmas tree when Taylor allegedly took them at gunpoint and demanded cash. That's when investigators believed the situation escalated and Taylor shot and killed the senior couple in their bedroom. PHOTOS: Manhunt Underway After Paris, TN Shootings
The Walker's pastor said they were both involved with mission trips and Sunday School and they will be greatly missed by their congregation and community.
"You have the murder of two people of your church family who are so innocent, so helpful, so inspirational and you don't know why, it's senseless," said associate pastor Larry Simmons.
The Walkers' had a large family, who released a statement:
"These were good, kind, honest, salt of the earth folks, deeply loving of their God, and dedicated to their family. They were taken from us way too soon, but we all are at peace knowing they have their special place in heaven."
Taylor was charged with two counts of first degree murder, one count especially aggravated burglary, one count of aggravated kidnapping, one count of aggravated robbery and theft over $1,000.
Deputies said Taylor has a history of burglary and forgery charges.
He is being held on $1 million bond. His first court appearance is slated for Tuesday at 9 a.m.
Chief Deputy Randy Gean said Taylor's driver's license shows he has a Clarksville residence.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)