Sunday, April 11, 2010

Cookevillian Charged With Murder In Rutherford Co.

A Cookeville man, already jailed on charges of aggravated assault in Putnam County, has now been charged with murder in Rutherford County. Detectives claim David Newcomb killed 29-year-old Rhonda Sue Bailey and dumped her body in a creek under a bridge in western Rutherford County in May of 1994. Newcomb was given a six-year prison term after pleading guilty to dousing his girlfriend with gasoline in Cookeville last September. He has later booked at the Rutherford County Jail in connection with Bailey's death. Police say Newcomb was a suspect in the early days after the killing, but detectives said they didn't get the key information they needed to charge him until several new witnesses came forward recently.