Columbia Police issue warrants for suspect in double homicide

A Maury County couple was killed in their home and police said their son is a suspect.
A Maury County couple was killed in their home and police said their son is a suspect.
Published: Apr. 18, 2022 at 12:54 PM CDT
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COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WSMV) - A Maury County couple was killed in their home and police said their son is a suspect.

On Monday night, police said they have issued warrants for 27-year-old Demondra Gaines for two counts of First-Degree Murder, two counts of Aggravated Assault Resulting in Death, and Theft of a Motor Vehicle.

Columbia Police responded to Skyline Drive around 10:15 a.m. Upon arrival, officers located the bodies of Christopher and Katrina Gaines. Police said a family member found them dead inside their Skyline Drive home. Investigators want to talk to Demondra Gaines, the couple’s son.

Demondra Gaines is a person of interest in a double homicide at a Columbia home.
Demondra Gaines is a person of interest in a double homicide at a Columbia home.(Columbia Police Department)

On Tuesday, police released a new photo of the vehicle they believe Demondra Gaines is driving. Police released a photo black 2018 Nissan Altima with Tennessee license plate 880-6P6. Police say that the vehicle belongs to his mom.

Police released a photo of car being driven by 27-year-old Demondra Gaines.
Police released a photo of car being driven by 27-year-old Demondra Gaines.(Columbia Police)

Police said this investigation is shaking their tight-knit community.

“Any time something like this happens, whether it’s Columbia or anywhere else, it’s a tragic event and there are a lot of people saddened by it,” Columbia Police Capt. Jeremy Haywood said. “We are as well, and our heart goes out to the family.”

“They both come from good families and don’t expect anything to happen like that on this street,” neighbor Ava Anderson said.

A Maury County couple was killed in their home and police said their son is a person of interest.

A double homicide is the last thing Anderson expected to happen near her home on skyline drive. Especially to the people she knows.

“Most of the people here are older people. Most stay to themselves,” Anderson said.

“I was friends with Katrina. I grew up with Chris in church. They were super nice people,” she added. “There has been so many people in and out, you know, some are just spectators trying to find out. I am a spectator, but that was my friend.

Investigators are expected to remain at the home processing the scene for evidence into the night.

Columbia Police are investigating a double homicide in the 600 block of Skyline Drive.
Columbia Police are investigating a double homicide in the 600 block of Skyline Drive.(WSMV)

If you have information about the whereabouts of Demondra Gaines, contact Columbia Police at 931-388-2727, ext. 1.

“If you see him, notify your local police department whether it be the Columbia Police Department or any other area he may be in,” Haywood said.

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