Shooter gets life sentence in murder of Vanderbilt professor

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 3:55pm

A Davidson County jury returned a guilty verdict Thursday for a man charged with the 2008 murders of a Vanderbilt professor and his sister.

The jury found George Cody, 31, of Sharpe Avenue in East Nashville, guilty on two counts of felony murder, two counts of identity theft and two counts of criminally negligent homicide in the Aug. 26, 2008, shootings of Pierre and Marie Colas.

Police said the two were shot during a robbery at Pierre Colas’ East Nashville home on McFerrin Drive, during which the suspects stole, and later used, the victims’ credit cards shortly after the shootings.

Pierre Colas, 32, died at the scene, while Marie Colas, 27, died from her wound five days later. She was visiting her brother from Switzerland at the time of the attack.

Cody’s two felony murder convictions carry mandatory life sentences. A sentencing hearing for the other convictions is set for July.

Nathaniel Carson, Gennyfer Hutcheson, Thomas Reed and Lavonta Churchwell are also charged in the murders, and are awaiting their trials.

2 Comments on this post:

By: fightcrib on 5/27/10 at 5:22

To all the hipsters that think East Nashville is a safe, cool place to live:


By: budlight on 5/28/10 at 8:38

I wonder if the shooter had a legal carry permit. Probably not. Usually sane, law abiding citizens don't shot down and rob innocent people.. Hope the perps all rot in jail. They took two precious lives.