Police make two arrests in murder of mother, TV producer

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 3:52am
Staff reports
Timothy Bozza, Cory Cotham

Metro police on Tuesday arrested two men — one the estranged husband of a mother found fatally shot Aug. 29 in her Hermitage home — on first-degree murder charges.

Timothy Bozza, 41, and his friend, Coy Cotham, 37, were indicted earlier this week for the killing of music and television producer Veronica Bozza, 39.

Police suspected the woman had been targeted because of the one-hour timeframe between when she dropped her 8-year-old son off on Thompson Lane with her estranged husband and when her boyfriend found her dead in the living room of her 5240 New John Hagar Road home.

Although no motive was revealed, police said the investigation showed that Timothy Bozza and Cotham planned the killing. Cotham allegedly robbed and murdered the child’s mother while Timothy Bozza drove with his son to his Robertson County home.

Detectives said the killers left a large amount of forensic evidence, including DNA, at the murder scene. Metro police and the Tennessee Department of Investigation analysts used that evidence in the investigation.

U.S. marshals arrested Cotham, who is also facing an especially aggravated robbery charge, late Tuesday in Glasgow, Ky. He is being held without bond awaiting extradition to Nashville.

Timothy Bozza was arrested while he was driving in Robertson County. He also is being held without bond.

Bozza, originally from Milan, Italy, worked as a producer on such programs as “Can You Duet?” “Live from the House of Blues” and the 2009 CMT Music Awards, according to IMDB.com.

Metro police are asking anyone in the community who may have information about Timothy Bozza and/or Coy Cotham that they would like to share with the police department to contact detectives at 862-7727.