Murfreesboro Man Arrested In Death Of Heather Maples

Posted at 2:00 PM, Aug 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-08 04:48:22-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – An arrest has been made in the homicide case of a 22-year-old woman who was found dead in her Murfreesboro apartment.

Kyle Evans with the Murfreesboro Police Department said a warrant was issued for 22-year-old Brandon Richmond Bowling in the murder of Heather Maples. Bowling was taken into custody and booked into the Rutherford County Jail around 3 a.m. Saturday.

He was formally charged with first degree murder.

Maples’s body was found at The Cove Apartments by a friend after she failed to show up for work at the front office of the complex.

Investigators said they believe she was at Gentleman Jim's Bar on Greenland Drive from 10:00 p.m. until midnight the night before. From there, Maples went to The Handlebar on East Main Street until 12:45 a.m. and then went back to Gentleman Jim's.

Around 2:00a.m., she returned to her apartment on Brown Drive.

Detectives said it was not a random crime and that she knew her attacker. It was not clear how she knew Bowling.

A close friend of Maples told NewsChannel 5 she was not a student at MTSU, and she began working at the apartment complex in April. She had recently moved to the area from Texas.