A hearing on Monday in Maury County General Sessions court determined there was enough probable cause to bind over the case against Nathaniel Pipkin to a grand jury.
Pipkin, 22, is accused of shooting and killing three family members, including 11-year-old Kailee Grace Warren and her mother, 44-year-old Traci Louise McNeely, in the home they shared on Oct. 1 of this year. Carson Glenn Pipkin, 20, was also killed, while Traci’s husband, Jesse McNeely, 47, was able to flee the home and call authorities.
Following the events of the morning, court records indicate Pipkin fled to Nashville where he stopped at Planet Fitness on Charlotte Pike before traveling east in his silver Ford Mustang. Monteagle police spotted the vehicle around 8:50 a.m. and, along with Tennessee Highway Patrol, initiated the traffic stop, which resulted in the apprehension of Pipkin without incident.
During the arrest, Pipkin was wearing a ballistics vest and had in his possession a pistol and a semi-automatic rifle. Records indicate ammunition found inside the vehicle was the same as what was found during investigation at the crime scene. Additional firearms and ammunition were found inside Pipkin’s bedroom at the home.
The case has now been transferred to Circuit Court, and will be handled by Judge Christopher Sockwell following any grand jury indictments. Prosecutors have charged Pipkin with seven counts, including three murder counts.
A grand jury will now listen to the state’s evidence and determine if there is enough evidence in order to go to trial, a process that can potentially take months.