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Man Charged With Murder Of Fellow Patient At MTHMI

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The man accused of killing a fellow patient at Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute will remain at the mental facility after being charged with murder.

Authorities brought 23-year-old Kevin Beasley to the Metropolitan Justice Center Tuesday for booking on a murder warrant in the death of fellow MTMHI patient Billy Joe Newman, from Clarksville.

Police said Beasley forcefully struck the 67-year-old in the face and knocked him off his feet on the night of August 4. Newman died on August 13 from complications related to the assault.

Beasley's bond was set at $500,000. He had been committed to the facility after being acquitted by reason of insanity in an attempted murder in July 2011.

In that case, Beasley had stolen an ATV from a construction site, drove into East Park and deliberately ran over a man sitting on the lawn. He then stopped, backed up, and ran over the victim a second time. The victim, Arvid Todd, who had no prior interaction with Beasley, was critically injured.

Beasley was later identified as the suspect in the unprovoked June 2011 stabbing of a 60-year-old woman as she pushed her granddaughter in a stroller on Fatherland Street. Police said Beasley stabbed the victim once in the neck with a steak knife and fled. Beasley was charged with attempted murder in that case.

A judge recently suppressed Beasley's statement to police in regard to the stabbing. The District Attorney's Office is appealing the suppression.

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