Police: Accused robbers had no involvement in triple slaying - WKRN News 2

Police: Accused robbers had no involvement in triple slaying

Posted: Updated: Oct 23, 2012 11:48 PM
Justin McCoy Justin McCoy
Kevin Tidwell Kevin Tidwell
A west Nashville couple and their 26-year-old daughter were found dead Monday afternoon on Maxon Avenue. A west Nashville couple and their 26-year-old daughter were found dead Monday afternoon on Maxon Avenue.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Metro police have determined two accused armed robbers taken into police custody Tuesday for questioning in connection to Monday's triple murder in west Nashville did not have any involvement in the slayings. 

Kevin Tidwell, 19, was located inside a home on Del Ray Drive following a tip to Crime Stoppers and taken into custody without incident.

Twenty one-year-old Justin McCoy was taken into custody at the same home just after 4:30 p.m.

McCoy was found hiding in the home's attic.

His mother, Lisa, convinced her son to surrender after a phone conversation with him as he hid inside the house.

"He was scared and I just reassured him that I was here for him," she said. "I assured him he wasn't going to get hurt because he had it in his mind that he was going to be harmed."

She continued, "He didn't do it.  I know he didn't do it."

Tidwell's mother was also at the scene of the standoff.  She also talked her son into surrendering earlier in the day.

"He called me and said, ‘Mama, they have the house surrounded,'" Stephanie Lopez said. "He said, ‘I am not coming out of this house until you get here' because I guess he didn't trust what the cops would do."

At the scene, family and friends of the two men said McCoy and Tidwell were with them all day on Monday.

Metro place spokesperson Don Aaron said earlier in the day Tidwell vehemently denied any knowledge in the murders of Patrick Sullivan, 56, his wife, 48-year-old Deborah Sullivan, and their daughter, 26-year-old Wendy Sullivan.

The two women were killed Monday inside their 5800 Maxon Avenue home.  Patrick Sullivan was found dead in a shed behind the house.

By Tuesday evening police had determined the men weren't involved in the brutal killings.

"They came to my house about 10:30 p.m. last night," Lopez said. "Kevin had on the same white shirt he has had on for two days."

She continued, "The way these people say those people were beat my son would have blood on him."

Tidwell and McCoy were previously named in warrants charging aggravated robbery for holding up a woman in Charlotte Park on October 3.

Tidwell was also wanted for burglarizing and vandalizing a pickup truck on Lincoya Bay Drive in the Hermitage area on October 2.

Aaron previously told Nashville's News 2 there were certain circumstances that made Tidwell and McCoy persons of interest to police.

He said they also have reason to believe the killings were not a random act.

"We don't believe this was random instance," Aaron said.  "We have information that leads us to believe it was not a random act."

All three victims suffered extensive trauma their bodies but police would not elaborate further nor say how they died.  Autopsies are scheduled.

Aaron added, "It is possible that one of the suspects or suspects, if there is more than one, suffered an injury during the attack.  The victims appeared to put up a fight so an injury that would have drawn blood may be seen against the suspect or suspects."

Both Tidwell and McCoy remained in police custody as of Tuesday night.

Tidwell is charged with theft under $500, vandalism, burglary of motor vehicle and aggravated robbery. His combined bond for all three charges is $150,000.

McCoy is charged with aggravated robbery. He is being held on $100,000 bond for that charge.

Anyone with information regarding the Maxon Avenue murders is urged to call Metro police or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

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