Man arrested for fatally stabbing mother and sister-in-law

Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 1:18 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2022 at 2:59 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Metro Police arrested a man who investigators said stabbed and killed two people at separate locations in Nashville on Tuesday morning.

Police said the call came in at 11:05 a.m. from an apartment complex on Elm Hill Pike about a critical stabbing. About an hour later, a second stabbing call came in from a location not far from the apartment complex.

According to police, 32-year-old John Donaldson came to the apartment occupied by his mother 56-year-old Jacqueline Pritchett, sister-in-law 29-year-old Genell Stewart-Tuggle, niece, and nephew.

Police say he attacked his mother with a knife and killed her, then attacked his sister-in-law. His sister-in-law tried to save the children from harm and is reportedly in critical condition. The children were not harmed.

“My mom was An amazing woman. She loved everybody. If she knew you needed help, she would help you,” said a man who told us his mother was Jacqueline Pritchett and Dondalson is his brother. “She’s all about family. That we all, for to be a family, for it’s kind of hurting. Because she just returned from her brother, will said we would start being a family and try to be more with each other. So for this to happen today,’ he added.

“Trying to understand that. We believe he may have recently been kicked out of the apartment here, in the past few hands, from what we have heard from one o9-year-olddren, the 9-year old, when he came here right around 11 o’clock. He was in a rage. And as soon as he entered the apartment, he attacked his mother,” said Don Aaron with Metro Nashville Police Department

Police said Donaldson then took the keys to his mother’s car and drove to Hickory Dale Drive, where his other sister-in-law, brother, and niece all live. Investigators said he kicked in the door, found his other sister-in-law 32-year-old Jasmine Donaldson in the bathroom, and fatally stabbed her with a knife. He then fled the scene.

“It’s hard to stop any domestic situation. He came home to his mother; I wish my mother were still alive; I could go home and hug her. But he came home to his mom and did this horrendous crime,” said Chief John drake with Metro Nashville Police Department.

The brothers told us they believed their brother was dealing with mental health issues.

“Definitely mental health issues. I would definitely say I have myself taken my brother to Vanderbilt to get mental health issues, and he escaped,” the brother said. “I feel like nobody really wants to help people with mental issues. And if they did do a little bit more effort to keep him in there, this could possibly be avoided,” he added.

Authorities said they are still trying to determine the motive at this time.

No motive has been determined at this time.

On Tuesday afternoon, he was taken into custody at the Best Western motel on White Bridge and Charlotte Pike. Donaldson was transported from the scene of his arrest to General Hospital for treatment of a hand laceration he apparently received during one of the attacks. Arrest warrants charging Donaldson with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder have been issued.

In 2019, Donaldson was convicted of domestic assault against a girlfriend, aggravated assault against a first responder and aggravated burglary in 2019. He received two 4-year sentences. Additionally, Donaldson was convicted of robbery in 2017 and received a 3-year sentence.

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