NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man has been charged with criminal homicide after his longtime girlfriend was found shot and killed inside a Belle Meade home Wednesday night.
It happened in the 100 block of Windsor Drive around 9:45 p.m. in an area known as Belle Meade Links.
According to a Metro police report, after the shooting, Charles Taylor called his brother-in-law and asked him to come to his home to pick up his dog because he was “going away for a long time.”
Upon their arrival to the home, Metro police reported Taylor was sitting in the driveway. Officers said there was blood on him and his clothes.
Taylor’s girlfriend, identified as 60-year-old Laura Jones, was found inside the home with a gunshot wound to her head. Authorities recovered a shotgun they believe was used in the murder.
News 2 spoke with a neighbor who said Taylor mostly kept to himself.
“I think in this case, it shows how truly isolated those neighbors were from the rest of the neighborhood,” said Tori Alexander. “We don’t really know them. I have received a lot of messages from friends being concerned, but we don’t know who to pray for.”
Jones, who didn’t live with Taylor, stayed in a home on General Bate Drive.
“She’d come over and have a glass of wine with us,” said Jones’s long time neighbor, Ken Pence. “We’d sit out back and talk.”
Pence said Jones never talked about her boyfriend.
“I miss her,” he said. “I miss having her as a neighbor. She was a good neighbor and friend.”
Police said Taylor refused to be interviewed and reportedly said while in custody, “It was an accident.”
A motive has not been determined.
Taylor is being held at the Davidson County Correctional Development Center in lieu of $250,000 bond.