Jury selected for Caitlyn Kaufman murder trial

The jury is seated and
A jury has been picked for the trial of two men accused of shooting and killing a Nashville nurse.
Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 4:26 PM CST
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - A jury has been picked for the trial of two men accused of shooting and killing a Nashville nurse.

Devaunte Hill and James Cowan are charged with first-degree murder after Metro Police said they shot and killed 26-year-old Caitlyn Kaufman.

The 26-year-old Kaufman was on her way to work at Saint Thomas Ascension West in December 2020 when she was shot on Interstate 440.

Opening statements are expected to begin on Wednesday morning. Before that, the defense team tried to get one more witness allowed to testify in the trial.

The defense team brought John Morris to the stand on Tuesday afternoon. He’s an attorney and they are trying to get him approved as a cell phone data expert.

Assistant District Attorney Jan Norman questioned Morris trying to prove he was not an expert.

Norman said talking to people, reading blog posts, and recalling studies do not make him an expert.

At one point Norman asks Morris to get his papers to prove he reads articles but says training is key.

“Did I go to a class in ranging data? Of course not,” Morris said on the stand.

Afterward, Norman called TBI Special Agent Andrew Vallee to the stand.

He said he’s testified along with Morris in other trials. However, Vallee said he has the training Morris does not.

“There’s a lot of training that goes into this that requires to know the anomalies, the ins and outs of the systems, problems that occur,” Vallee said.

Judge Angelita Blackshear Dalton said she will make a decision on if Morris can testify during the trial.

The court will resume on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.