Sheriff's Offices makes an arrest in the I-24 murder of Smyrna resident Jackie Warpoole

Left: Sheriff Robert Arnold - Right: Victim's Wife Angela Warpoole
Left: Sheriff Robert Arnold - Right: Victim's Wife Angela Warpoole
Left: Sister of victim Ginger Warpoole - Right: Victim's mom Annie "Bunny" Warpoole
Victim's Family
Victims' Family at Sheriff's Office in Murfreesboro
Left: Victims' wife Angela Warpoole. Right: Victim Jackie Warpoole
Suspect:Edgar Domonique Covington, 23, of Nashville

Rutherford County Sheriff Detectives have made an arrest in the murder of 47-year old Jackie Warpoole, Jr. of Smyrna. Warpoole was shot and killed while in his car on the side of I-24 near the Almaville Road exit in December of 2013. Arrested was 23-year old Edgar Domonique “Dom” Covington of Nashville.

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold stated…

 

As for the reason that Covington allegedly shot and killed Mr. Warpoole…

 

When asked if Covington had a past record that was violent in nature…

 

Sam Stockard with the Murfreesboro Post asked Sheriff Arnold what type of evidence led detectives to Covington…

 

Covington remains behind bars at this time and according to the Sheriff, is being held without bond.

Actual Press release from the Sheriff’s Office Below:

One suspect was charged with fatally shooting a driver Dec. 15 on Interstate 24, Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold said Thursday.

Suspect Edgar Domonique Covington, 23, of Nashville was charged with first-degree murder of Jackie Warpoole Jr., 47, of Smyrna, Sheriff Arnold said. Covington was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon in the commission of a felony and reckless endangerment.

Warpoole suffered a gunshot wound while he was inside his Dodge Magnum near the Almaville Road exit.

Through six months of intense investigation, Sheriff’s Detectives Jamin Humphress and Steve Craig determined that Covington allegedly fired the fatal gunshot that killed Warpoole.

“Detectives determined Warpoole did not know the alleged gunman and believe the shooting stemmed from a random, violent encounter,” Sheriff Arnold said.

“I commend Detectives Humphress and Craig for their dedication in solving this murder,” Sheriff Arnold said. “They have worked diligently in identifying and charging this suspect.”

Warpoole’s widow, Angela, attended the press conference Thursday and issued the following statement from his family.

“The family of Jackie Warpoole would like to thank Detective Humphress, Detective Craig, and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work and dedication. Because of their commitment and countless hours over the last six months, the person responsible for killing Jackie has been arrested.  

“The family is forever grateful and continues to pray that the proper justice will be served for Jackie. They would also like to thank their friends and family that have continued to support and pray for them during this tragedy. We ask that you please respect the family’s privacy at this time and direct any comments or questions to the Sheriff’s Office.”

Covington is being held without bond at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. He is scheduled for a hearing Aug. 20 in General Sessions Court.

Sheriff Arnold thanked several other officers who helped in the investigation, including Murfreesboro Police Detective Larry Maples, Metro Nashville Detective Curtis Hafley, Detective Benjamin Brown, Probation Officer Vickie Waldo, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Forensic Supervisor Shelly Betts, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agents Wayne Kilday and John Harrell and Alcorn County, Mississippi Sheriff’s Office.

 

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