Maury County man accused of killing his parents caught in Memphis, police say

Posted at 1:38 PM, Apr 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-20 08:28:01-04

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man in Columbia accused of killing his parents in what police called a "brutal stabbing attack" was arrested in Memphis on Tuesday.

Investigators were searching for the victims' son, Demondra Gaines, 27, who is accused in the deaths of his parents.

Police told NewsChannel 5 that Gaines was caught at a hotel in Memphis and was brought back to Nashville Tuesday night. The Memphis Police Department, the Columbia Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation contributed to the investigation. Police said they tracked Gaines' vehicle, and Gaines is in custody. He surrendered without incident, police said.

Gaines is wanted for two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault resulting in death, theft of a motor vehicle.

Columbia police said around 10:15 a.m. Monday, Christopher Gaines, 56, and Katrina Gaines, 51, were found dead inside a home on Skyline Drive. A family member arrived at the home and called 911.

Christopher and Katrina Gaines
Christopher and Katrina Gaines

"I just got home to my mom's house and my parents are... they're dead. They're dead," said the caller.

When Christopher and Katrina were discovered, they had multiple stab wounds and had already stopped breathing.

Two children aged 3 and 2 years old were inside the home when Christopher and Katrina were killed. Police said the children were not harmed and are in the care of their parents, however, police did not discuss the relationship the children have to the victims.

The 911 call is below in the video player. The call has been edited to remove personal information.

Columbia police release 911 calls related to double homicide

"Evidence from the crime scene proves that the deaths of Christopher and Katrina Gaines [are] the result of a brutal stabbing attack," Columbia police said during a press conference on Tuesday. "Their son is responsible for this attack."

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