Man wanted for murder in Detroit was a Nashville teacher assistant

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A former Nashville teacher was arrested and charged for murder today in Detroit, Michigan.

Howard Copeland, 31, was arrested in Nashville last week as a fugitive for justice. He was booked in Detroit Friday on a homicide charge. 

Copeland was a teacher’s assistant for Catapult Learning in Nashville. Catapult Learning has a contract with Metro Nashville Public Schools and works with students in grades 1-12 who have emotional and learning disabilities.

“Our highly trained, dedicated staff guides students who learn differently to an unprecedented level of success in all facets of their lives,” the website says.

A spokesperson for Catapult told News 2 that Copeland was hired in mid-December 2018. He was fired as soon as they learned of his homicide charge.

Catapult says it is cooperating with law enforcement as the situation is being investigated.

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