Official: Probation officer was preparing to arrest suspected Westmoreland killer


A state probation officer was preparing to arrest Michael Cummins, the man suspected of killing seven people in Westmoreland, one day before the first victims were discovered.

Sumner County District Attorney Ray Whitley said Tuesday the officer had prepared a warrant Friday for Cummins’ arrest on a probation violation for failing to get a mental health evaluation and for violating a no contact order with a neighbor whose house he set on fire in 2017.

Cummins had received ten years probation after pleading guilty to charges of aggravated arson and assault in connection with the fire and an assault on the same neighbor.

The probation officer did not have a chance to get the warrant signed by a judge Friday, Whitley explained.

The bodies of four people were discovered Saturday at a home on Charles Brown Road and another deceased individual was located at a residence on Luby Brown Road, the TBI stated.

The next day, the agency said two more bodies were found at the Charles Brown Road location.

Cummins was quickly named a suspect in all seven killings, which included his parents, uncle and a 12-year-old girl.

The probation violation warrant was issued Monday and the judge ordered Cummins be held without bond, Whitley added.

Cummins, reportedly shot by law enforcement Saturday night during a manhunt, remained hospitalized Tuesday morning.

When Cummins is released from the hospital, he will go directly to the Sumner County jail and will be placed in a medical cell by himself, Sheriff Sonny Weatherford said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Cummins had not been formally charged in the seven killings. 

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