Arrest Made in Franklin County Murder

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) -During a press conference late Wednesday night Franklin County officials confirmed they have made an arrest in the murder of 23-year-old Kayla Qualls.

According to our sister station NewsChannel 5 in Nashville police said Michael Curtis, 48, was arrested Wednesday and charged with the murder. Curtis was said to be the grandfather of Qualls’ children. He is the father of Qualls’ boyfriend.

Officials said there had been no previous documented violence between Qualls and Curtis. Police said that Qualls’ boyfriend was still considered a person of interest in the case.

Qualls was found murdered inside her SUV on Monday morning, just a few miles across the Franklin county line. A preliminary investigation indicated that Qualls died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Qualls left behind two children, ages three and four. A fund for the little girl and boy has been set up at Moore County Bank. Donations can also be made at any First Community Bank branch in Shelbyville.

Kayla D. Qualls (Facebook)