Trial of two men accused of killing Caitlyn Kaufman enters fourth day

Posted at 4:46 AM, Jan 26, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-26 09:10:08-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Thursday marks the fourth day of the Caitlyn Kaufman murder trial, where two men are accused of killing the Nashville nurse.

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Kaufman was shot in December 2020 on I-440 while on her way to work, in the month after, Devaunte Hill and James Cowan were arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Both Hill and Cowan pled Not Guilty to their charges.

On Wednesday, Hill's attorney said he was guilty of a crime — but not first-degree murder. She argued that he did shoot Kaufman, but did not intend to kill her.

Cowan's attorney said his client is innocent.

Thursday's coverage is set to kick off at 8 a.m. with Morningline, with the trial set to begin soon after.

Timeline of events

On the evening of December 3, 2020, Caitlyn Kaufman was driving along Interstate 440 on her way to work at Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital when she was shot and killed.

According to Metro Police, a Metro Parks officer had seen a Mazda SUV on the right shoulder against the guard rail and assuming the driver had crashed, he approached to help. Inside they found Kaufman, who had died from a gunshot wound.

Investigators said there were bullet holes in the window of the car. They believe the bullets were fired into the SUV.

Detectives said six rounds were fired into the vehicle.

A week later, on December 11, then 21-year-old Devaunte L. Hill was taken into custody and charged with criminal homicide.

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A day later, a second suspect, James Edward Cowan, also known as James Lillard was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

In January 2021, a witness testified that he heard one of the suspects confess to killing Kaufman and said the suspect claimed they shot the nurse because she may have cut them off on I-440.

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