The suspect in the death of a woman at her Shelbyville home has been apprehended by authorities after a several-county manhunt involving an alleged carjacking in Franklin County, according to police reports.
Shelbyville police said the case was under investigation and officers were gathering evidence Monday afternoon. They declined to release further details.
Adrienne Cox, 30, was killed at her home in a Neeley Avenue apartment complex, Detective Lt. Charles Merlo said in a Shelbyville Times-Gazette story.
Merlo did not reveal details of how Cox was killed or what type of weapon was used, if any, saying Sunday afternoon that police were still determining details and were focusing on finding the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Steven Andrew Lokey.
The Times-Gazette reported that Lokey allegedly fled in a black Chevrolet Tahoe. Merlo declined to say how Lokey, who is charged with first-degree murder, was determined to be a suspect. When asked if others were involved, Merlo said “it’s possible.”
Decherd police reports said that on Sunday at about 7:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at 301 Spring St.
Officers made contact with the owners, James Schmidt and Christmas Schmidt, reports said, adding that Ms. Schmidt said a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu car was taken from her on Floyd Lane in the Greenhaw area.
Reports said Ms. Schmidt said Lokey and a woman, identified as Briana Stipe, were with her, and she was taking them to a hotel in Monteagle.
She also said they had been there since Friday night, reports said.
Ms. Schmidt said that while she was driving, Lokey allegedly grabbed her by the neck and was choking her, according to reports. She said she was kicked out of the vehicle at about 7 p.m, reports said, adding that no weapon was involved in the incident.