Nashville woman pleads guilty to tampering with witness

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 33-year-old Nashville woman pleaded guilty last Friday to conspiring with a 20-year-old to tamper with a witness.

Laquanda Boyce was indicted this past May after trying to pay a witness to change his testimony.

She and 20-year-old Michael Calloway were reportedly assaulting a woman at the J.C. Napier homes in south Nashville when another person intervened.

The witness tried to protect the woman as she was assaulted and had her hair cut from her head.

Michael Calloway
Michael Calloway

Authorities say later that afternoon, Boyce and Calloway were walking through the housing complex. Calloway, who was holding a gun, reportedly saw the witness again and fired eight or nine shots at him, hitting him once in the leg.

The victim was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he identified Calloway as the shooter.

The 20-year-old was arrested the following day and learned he may face federal firearms charges, so he and Boyce devised a scheme to pay the witness $1,200 in exchange for refusing to testify or to testify he mistakenly identified Calloway.

Boyce also coordinated with others to arrange payments of $600 after providing the false testimony and another $600 when Calloway was released from jail.

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