Man connected to Sumner Co. mass killing released from hospital, charged

Michael Cummins released from the hospital / Source: WTVF/TBI

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/WTVF) -- The man connected to Tennessee's largest mass killing in 20 years has been released from the hospital, according to CBS affiliate WTVF.

On Saturday, April 27, Michael Cummins allegedly took the lives of multiple people, three of which were members of his own family. Another victim was critically injured by him and remains alive and is being treated at a hospital. Cummins has recently been connected to the death of another person, James Fox Dunn Jr.

WTVF reported that on April 17 investigators were called to a fire at a home where Dunn lived on Ransom Mandrell Road. A man, identified as Dunn, was found with no head. The head was discovered about 25 yards from the body. An autopsy revealed blunt force trauma to the head, WTVF reported.

Investigators said that a rifle belonging to Dunn was found at the scene were multiple people were found dead on April 27.

Police confirmed that a probation officer was preparing an arrest warrant for Cummins the day before the homicides occurred.

According to District Attorney Ray Whitley, a violation of probation affidavit was filed on Monday, April 22. This affidavit outlined numerous issues with Cummins' probation. These included missing appointments with his probation officer and not contacting the probation office. Cummins also reportedly would not comply with the conditions of his probation which required him to receive mental health treatment.

TBI has not confirmed any connection to the death of Dunn, and they announced that Cummins was charged with six counts of first degree murder, one count of criminal homicide, one count of attempt to commit first degree murder and one count of theft.

Cummins is currently being held in the Tennessee Department of Corrections Special Needs Unit.

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