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Court documents detail domestic shooting suspect's history of violent crimes

Posted at 5:55 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 20:57:53-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Court records for the man accused of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend Thursday afternoon show a history of violent crimes and allegations of domestic abuse.

Brandon Horton, 30, was booked into the metro jail on Friday. Police say he shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, Temptress Peebles, outside her Morena Street home and in front og the Peeble's 8-year-old daughter.

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Court documents show Horton has a history of domestic violence accusations, include four incidents in 2019. Those four incidents all involve Peebles.

An affidavit from a January incident says Horton punched Peebles in the head twice, and that after she ran to her car to escape him, he ripped the windshield wipers off the car, and used them to break the windshield.

In the affidavit, officers say Peebles said she feared for her life.

Police say at least two more incidents followed.

Horton was wanted for probation violation and on outstanding warrants charging him with domestic assault and burglary of a motor vehicle for a similar attack on Oct. 6. Peebles went home to gather some things and Horton had reportedly attacked her in the street, throwing her down, punching her and pulling her hair.

Horton also had outstanding warrants charging him with aggravated assault and aggravated burglary for a July incident in which Peebles reported that Horton had kicked in the door to her home and pointed a gun at her.

Experts said the deadly shooting is part of a growing problem in Nashville.

"Nationally, Nashville is in the top 5 for homicides related to domestic violence," Rachel Herman said. Herman is a manager at AGAPE which runs Morning Star Sanctuary, a domestic violence shelter.

Herman says this case was especially high risk.

"There had been multiple criminal cases with him that exhibit his violent behavior," Herman said.

Now shes urging people in similar high-risk situations to get help before its too late.

"The greatest message we can leave with our community is to not hesitate, to not minimize what you've been through, whether it's the first time its the tenth time, your life matters," Herman said.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you or anyone you know is looking for safety from an abusive relationship, several resources can be found in Nashville. Click here to see them all.