Attorney: Defendant shot Caitlyn Kaufman in a fit of rage

Proceeds from Pioneer Pursuit Fall 2022 on September 24 at Butler County Community College will benefit the Caitlyn Kaufman ’18 Legacy Nursing Scholarship from the BC3 Education Foundation. Kaufman, formerly of Chicora and a 2012 graduate of Butler Senior High School, received an associate degree in Nursing, from BC3 in 2018. He was killed in 2020 in Tennessee. SUBMIT PHOTOS

One of the people charged in a Tennessee court for first-degree murder in the December 2020 death of Butler County resident Caitlyn Kaufman shot and killed her in a fit of rage, the defense attorney on Wednesday.

Devaunte Hill, 23, of Tennessee shot and killed Kaufman from a car driven by co-defendant James Cowan, 29, also of Tennessee in a traffic accident on Interstate 440 in Nashville on Dec. 3. said Georgia Sims, the Davidson County deputy representing Hill, in her opening remarks to the jury.

Kaufman, 26, of Chicora was driving from his home in Lebanon, Tenn. in St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville where he was working as an intensive care nurse when the shooting happened around 6 p.m.

Sims told jurors that shooting at Kaufman’s car was a “very bad move” by Hill toward Kaufman who cut him and Cowan off in traffic.

He said Hill is not guilty of first-degree murder because he did not act with a “conscious desire” to take his life. He asked the jury to serve Hill with justice and not vengeance.

Kaufman’s mother Diane Kaufman and one of Kaufman’s co-workers testified after opening arguments Wednesday. The jury was selected on Monday and Tuesday.

The trial in Davidson County Court is expected to last at least a week.

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