TSU murder case goes to grand jury

Monday, September 28, 2009 at 10:33pm
Staff reports
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Jarrod M. Phillips

A grand jury will hear the case of Jarrod M. Phillips, the Tennessee State University goat farm temporary worker who is accused of killing poultry plant manager Nathaniel Adefope.

Adefope, 60, was found stabbed and beaten to death Sept. 8 inside a storage building at the poultry plant.

Phillips, 23, was developed as a possible suspect after detectives learned he received medical treatment for a laceration to his hand on the day of the murder, police said. He had called in sick to work that day.

Police at the time of the arrest said DNA linked Phillips to the crime, and detective James Fuqua's testimony Monday backed up that claim. He testified that Phillips' DNA found under Adefope's fingernails.

Police still have not revealed a possible motive in the murder.

Phillips was convicted in July 2008 of robbing an East Nashville Dollar General Store and received a four-year sentence. He was on probation at the time of the murder.

Phillips declined to appear in court Monday. He is being held in the Metro Jail on $500,000 bond. He has a probation violation hearing set for Oct. 8.

 

4 Comments on this post:

By: byrdpd on 9/29/09 at 8:23

This has been in multiple articles on this case...
"Phillips was convicted in July 2008 of robbing an East Nashville Dollar General Store and received a four-year sentence. He was on probation at the time of the murder."

Seems that a little explanation is due as to how a 4 year sentence became a year and probation.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/29/09 at 8:57

Indeed!!!

By: Magnum on 9/29/09 at 10:58

What are the odds? No really, I wonder what percentage of violent crimes in Nashville are committed by convicted criminals who were released early. Is that a figure one can get his or her hands on? I don't ever remember that being a statistic used when Metro is bragging on itself.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/29/09 at 3:14

that's a statistic i'd like to see. i bet it's pretty high. i don't get how a 2 year day for day sentence ends up being 5 months. ridiculous! the judges are so worried about "saving money" due to the cost of incarceration and they let violent offenders back out on the street.