Devout Christian charged with fatally shooting fiancée, making it look like suicide

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By Erin Edgemon

JACKSON, Tennessee — A Christian ministry student has been charged with killing his fiancée and attempting to make her death look like a suicide.

Charlie Pittman, 21, a student at Union University in Jackson, Tenn, is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in connection with the fatal shooting of his fiancée Olivia Greenlee, the Jackson Sun reported. He is being held without bond.

According to the report, police investigators found a gun inside the car where Greenlee was found fatally shot on Wednesday morning. The scene was staged to look like a suicide.

Police Capt. Tyreece Miller told the Jackson Sun that the evidence didn’t add up to a suicide. Police couldn’t find anything in Greenlee’s background to make them think she would kill herself. Also, the gun used in the shooting was stolen from a friend of Pittman’s.

No motive for the shooting has been released.

Pittman was a former Union Life Group leader and youth minister at Providence Baptist Church in Alamo.

In a statement released Saturday, Union University President David S. Dockery said “This tragedy, involving two Union University commuter students, is incredibly devastating and saddening news. Understanding that an arrest is not the same thing as a conviction, we now need to let the judicial process run its course. Union University continues to cooperate with authorities.”

Union University is a four-year, liberal arts, Christian university.


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