Suspect charged in 8 Tennessee homicides

Suspect charged in 8 Tennessee homicides

A man in Tennessee was charged with eight murders after being apprehended last month.

The Tennessean reported Friday that Michael Cummins, who was arrested in April after being shot by police as he attempted to evade authorities, was previously charged with involvement in seven homicides, with victims including several of his family members. Now, police believe he is the culprit behind an eighth killing of a victim who was found decapitated.

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI) charged Cummins with six counts of first-degree murder on Friday, as well as one count of criminal homicide and one count of conspiracy to commit first degree murder. He also now awaits charges related to the death of the last victim, 63-year-old James Fox Dunn Jr.

Authorities report that the murders occurred in the small town of Westmoreland, Tenn., which has a population of just around 2,000 residents.

"It is certainly one of the most difficult and horrific [scenes]," TBI Director David Rausch said he had ever witnessed, the Tenessean reported last month.

“Coming from an agency where we work some pretty horrific scenes,” Rausch said, ‘… it is one of the most difficult and horrific in some time and at a level that is unprecedented.”

Cummins, who remains in the special needs unit of a Tennessee jail awaiting his trial, is due in court on May 29.