Two Robbery Suspects Cleared In West Nashville Murders
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro Police arrested two accused armed robbers wanted for questioning in connection with a triple murder in West Nashville. But late Tuesday said they were not involved in that crime.
Tuesday afternoon police arrested 19-year-old Kevin M. Tidwell at a home on Delray Drive in West Nashville. During interviews with police it was determined that 21-year-old Justin McCoy, also wanted for questioning, was hiding in the attic of the home. Officers returned to the Delray Drive home and quickly took McCoy into custody.
The activity of the men piqued the interest of detectives investigating the murders of Patrick Sullivan, 56, his wife, Deborah, 48, and their daughter, Wendy, 26, who were found dead inside their home on Maxon Avenue on Monday.
McCloy and Tidwell were also wanted on aggravated robbery warrants for holding up a woman in Charlotte Park on October 3. Tidwell is also wanted for burglarizing and vandalizing a pickup truck on Lincoya Bay Drive in the Hermitage area on October 2.
Police said both are known to frequent West Nashville.
Tuesday Tidwell's mother told reporters her son had nothing to do with the triple murder.
"No, Justin and Kevin didn't kill that family, they wouldn't kill nobody," Stephanie Lopez said.
When Tidwell saw himself on the news he called his mother and said he would not leave the Delray Avenue home until she arrived. He eventually surrendered to police.
"That's why Kevin wanted out of the house, because he didn't kill nobody. He wanted to go ahead and talk to the cops, let them know everything he knows. He didn't, him and Justin would never kill nobody, so the real killer is still on the loose," according to Lopez.
Wendy and Debra Sullivan were found deceased inside the home, while Patrick Sullivan was found dead inside a detached building behind the house. All suffered trauma to their bodies, but an autopsy is scheduled to determine cause of death.
Police detectives remained at the home on Maxon Drive until late Tuesday afternoon processing the crime scenes for evidence.