Man charged in connection to 2012 murder of young mother - WKRN News 2

Man charged in connection to 2012 murder of young mother

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Kayla Qualls, 23, was found murdered in the back of her SUV on November 26, 2012. Kayla Qualls, 23, was found murdered in the back of her SUV on November 26, 2012.
Nicholas Curtis, 27, was arrested Saturday for reporting false information at the time of Qualls' murder. Nicholas Curtis, 27, was arrested Saturday for reporting false information at the time of Qualls' murder.
MIchael Curtis, grandfather to Qualls' children, remains in jail after being charged with first degree murder in her death. MIchael Curtis, grandfather to Qualls' children, remains in jail after being charged with first degree murder in her death.
COFFEE COUNTY, Tenn. -

A man was arrested in connection to the 2012 murder of his children's mother, a crime in which his father was eventually charged.

According to Thunder Radio, Nicholas Curtis, 27, is free on $12,500 bond after his arrest on a grand jury indictment charging him with filing a false report in the murder of Kayla Qualls.

Curtis reportedly made false statements to authorities about not seeing 23-year-old Qualls, the mother of his children, on the morning of her murder, November 26, 2012.

She was found dead in the back of her SUV of blunt force trauma that day.

The indictment alleges Curtis withheld information intending to obstruct or hinder officers in locating and arresting Michael Curtis, Nicholas Curtis' father and grandfather of Qualls' children, who was suspected of her murder at that time.

The elder Curtis was eventually arrested two days later on November 28.

Thunder Radio reports during his preliminary hearing, Michael Curtis said Qualls upset him so he struck her, knocking her down, then dragged her to her car.

He said he then struck her again with a baseball bat, put her in the back of the vehicle and drove out to a wooded area, where the car was left.

Michael Curtis remains in Coffee County Jail on $1 million bond and faces a first degree murder charge.  He is due in court November 6 for a plea deadline.

Nicholas Curtis is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court in Coffee County Wednesday on the false report charge.

*Thunder Radio contributed to this report.

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