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Suspect in Franklin Co. murder arrested

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Authorities arrested a suspect Wednesday night in the slaying of a young Tullahoma woman.

Michael Curtis, 49, of Tullahoma was charged by Tullahoma police with the murder of 23-year-old Kayla Qualls.

Qualls was discovered by hunters late Monday morning inside a red 2000 Ford Explorer on Spring Creek Road in Franklin County between Tullahoma and Estill Springs.

Police claimed that Curtis implicated himself during questioning and a search of his home led to his arrest. A preliminary investigation by the Franklin County Sheriff's Department indicated that Qualls died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Family connection

The woman from Tullahoma had two children, ages 3 and 4, and graduated from Moore County High School in 2007. Curtis was identified by authorities as being the grandfather of Qualls' children, and the father of her former boyfriend.

Also, Qualls' former boyfriend is still considered a person of interest in the case, police said, adding that both men have criminal records.

Curtis is being held on $1 million bond and will appear in court on Monday, Dec. 3.

A fund for the children has been set up at Moore County Bank and donations can also be made at any First Community Bank branch in Shelbyville.