Arrest made in slaying of Tenn. cab driver

Arrest made in slaying of Tenn. cab driver (Image 1)
Arrest made in slaying of Tenn. cab driver (Image 1)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee woman has been ordered held on $1 million bond after being charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the death of a cab driver.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 19-year-old Tanuja L. Rivers of Arlington, Tenn., is charged with killing 43-year-old Zewdneh Assemu of Bartlett, who was found beaten and stabbed to death by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office in a field near Highway 196 North on Dec. 6.

TBI spokeswoman Illana Tate says a motive and the exact circumstances surrounding Assemu's death are still being sorted out.

Officers arrested Rivers on Thursday evening.

Jail records did not list an attorney for Rivers.

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