Men accused of killing Nashville nurse plead not guilty

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two men accused of murdering Nashville nurse Caitlyn Kaufman pled not guilty during their arraignment hearings Thursday morning.

Devaunte Hill, 21, and 28-year-old James Cowan both appeared virtually from the Metro jail in front of Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Angelita Dalton and entered a not guilty plea.


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The two men were both indicted in May on one count of first-degree murder.

On December 3, 2020, 26-year-old Kaufman was driving to work to St. Thomas West on I-440 when she was shot multiple times. According to investigators, road rage appeared to be the motive in the shooting.


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Caitlyn’s mother, Diane Kaufman who has previously spoken publicly about her daughter’s murder, was not in the courtroom Thursday. Prosecutor Jan Norman declined to make a statement about what’s next at this time. However, Norman confirmed the case will begin making the next steps toward a trial. Hill and Cowan’s next court dates have not yet been set.

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