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Teacher arrested for attempted murder

Earl Scott Kelley, 42, is charged with attempted murder for the July 17 stabbing of a woman inside her car in a Nashville mall parking lot. Earl Scott Kelley, 42, is charged with attempted murder for the July 17 stabbing of a woman inside her car in a Nashville mall parking lot.
Investigators say as the woman jumped out of the car screaming and bleeding, he calmly got in a car and drove off. Investigators say as the woman jumped out of the car screaming and bleeding, he calmly got in a car and drove off.

(WMC-TV) - A Covington school teacher was arrested Friday by Tipton County sheriff's deputies and Metropolitan Nashville police detectives.

Earl Scott Kelley, 42, is charged with attempted murder for the July 17 stabbing of a woman inside her car in a Nashville mall parking lot.

Charlotte Drake told investigators that a man entered her vehicle after she parked at Opry Mills mall in the afternoon. The man told her not to scream or panic before he used a knife to stab her in the side and cut both of her arms. She said the suspect never made a robbery demand.

Investigators say as the woman jumped out of the car screaming and bleeding, he calmly got in a car and drove off.

According to Metropolitan Nashville police, information from a witness was instrumental in developing Kelley as a suspect.

Detectives learned that Kelley was in town that day for an education conference and was a guest at the Opryland Hotel.

Kelley teaches at Alternative Learning Center in Covington as a GED instructor. He was arrested on campus Friday.

When detectives traveled to Tipton County to interview Kelley about the stabbing, he denied any knowledge or involvement. He also denied being in the parking lot where the attack happened, but detectives say forensic evidence links Kelley to the case.

Investigators are working to determine a motive for the stabbing.

Tipton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Buddy Bibb said Kelley has been employed by the system at least 15 years.

"We will certainly take a look at the charges and then we'll take whatever necessary employment action that we need to take on that," said Bibb. "It's very troubling to our school community when something like this happens."

Kelley is being held without bond. He is waiting for a transfer to Nashville sometime this weekend.

"It's scary because you don't really know who your neighbors are," said Munford resident Tonya Overstreet.

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