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A Tennessee woman allegedly murdered her own elderly grandparents in their rural home earlier this week, authorities said.
Katelyn Taylor, 28, is accused in the slaying of her grandparents, Eugene McDaniel, 82, and Celeste McDaniel, 67, who were found dead in their Camden, Tennessee residence, state investigators announced this week.
Camden police officers allegedly discovered the McDaniels’ bodies after conducting a welfare check at the couple's home on Vicksburg Avenue, about 90 miles west of Nashville, around 8 a.m. on Monday.
One of the McDaniels didn’t show up for work, which the caller, who tipped off police prompting the welfare check, said “was against the norm.”
When authorities arrived, all the doors to the Tennessee couple’s home were locked and their vehicle was still parked in the garage.
“After several attempts at knocking on doors and windows, officers made entrance into the back door by force,” Camden Police Department said in a statement earlier this week. “Officers then discovered two bodies who were determined to be deceased.”
Taylor, who law enforcement identified as the granddaughter of the slain couple, was subsequently charged with two counts of criminal homicide. No motive has been released in the murders. Authorities declined to comment further on the case this week, stating the investigation was still in its early stages.
“As this is an active and ongoing investigation, we are unable to comment beyond our news release,” Keli McAlister, a public information officer for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, told Oxygen.com in a statement sent by email on Thursday.
The 28-year-old accused killer is currently in custody and is being held on a $500,000 bond at Benton County jail, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Department.
The current COVID-19 outbreak, which has slowed court proceedings, has also delayed Taylor’s next court appearance.
“It’s not a 100 percent sure when it’s going to be right now,” an official for Benton County Sheriff’s Department, who asked not to be named, told Oxygen.com. “A court date is not confirmed at the moment.”
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