Young couple wanted in connection to Dickson hotel murder
Jan 3, 2013 05:54 PM
Justin Treece, pictured with girlfriend Jessie Mulder, is wanted in connection to a double shooting at a Dickson motel late Tuesday night.
DICKSON, Tenn. -
A young couple is wanted in connection with a New Year's Day murder at a Dickson hotel.
According to the Dickson Police Department, 23-year-old Justin Treece and his girlfriend, 20-year-old Jessie Mulder, traveled nearly 100 miles from McNairy County to meet two men within the Dickson city limits.
The two men, identified as Matthew Draper and Cody Jackson, were shot in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express off Highway 46 and Interstate 40 around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Draper, 29, died following the shooting. Jackson, 23, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment. He has since been released.
Police said the two men were cousins from Hartsville in Trousdale County.
In a news release Thursday morning, Treece was named as the alleged gunman and Mulder as a person of interest, but investigators would not say what led to the shooting.
"It just is what it is," said Detective Chad Fussell. "It just happened. I don't think there's any rhyme or reason."
Despite being shot, Draper and Jackson were able to drive themselves to a local hospital in the moments after the shooting and helped identify Treece and Mulder.
The couple was last seen leaving the Dickson area in a red or maroon, two-door Chevy Blazer with Tennessee license plate No. 830-VSM.
"We do believe that they are possibly on the run," said Fussell. "We do think that they know about the charges that are coming."
Treece is believed to be armed. Warrants have been issued for his arrest, charging him with felony murder and attempted first degree murder.
Investigators are currently working with authorities in McNairy County to find the couple. They have also reached out to other agencies for help.
"We've put it out to different states, all the info that we have, and of course getting it out to the media. That's a big part," Fussell said.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Justin Treece or Jessie Mulder should call Dickson Police Department at 615-441-9577.