Arrest Made In Fatal Stabbing Of Nashville Nurse

Posted at 9:52 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2019-03-26 14:11:33-04

An arrest was made in the fatal stabbing case of Nashville nurse Tiffany Ferguson.

Christopher Drew McLawhorn, 24, was arrested and charged with criminal homicide and especially aggravated burglary Wednesday.

Metro Nashville Police officials made the announcement in a press conference Wednesday night.

He was arrested at 3rd Avenue North and Broadway Sunday around 4:30 a.m. for drug possession. Officers said he was carrying two bottles of alcohol and a small amount of marijuana.

Officials said when initially asked about the murder, McLawhorn denied any knowledge or participation in the case. However, further investigation led officers to charging him with the murder.

"We think he was there committing burglaries and during the course of the burglary of Ms. Ferguson's apartment, he committed a murder," said Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron. 

McLawhorn is considered to be homeless, although he did stay with a friend from time to time on 14th Avenue North.

Ferguson was killed in late February when a man broke into her condo and stabbed her to death.

Police said McLawhorn was in the apartment complex that night trying to break into cars and apartment, but killed Ferguson while burglarizing her condo.

McLawhorn has a limited prior arrest history in Nashville. He was arrested for public intoxication in September of 2015, misdemeanor theft in October of 2015; and failure to be booked on the misdemeanor theft charge in December of 2016.