David Edward Steele

Four people have been indicted in the October 2017 murder of Tullahoma resident David Edward Steele.

On Nov. 13 the Coffee County grand jury turned up a 10-count indictment against four individuals which has now been served.

Charged in the indictment are Bruce Edward Dorsett Jr., Shawna R. Haney, Voltaire Xavier Hickerson and Michael Andrew Taylor.

In total, the four suspects have been indicted on one or more of the following counts: first-degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated kidnapping, tampering with evidence, coercion of a witness, aggravated assault and employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.

Both Dorsett and Haney are charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and coercion of a witness.  All four suspects are named in the remaining charges.

Haney, 44, a resident of Tullahoma, is being held in the Coffee County Jail in lieu of $750,000 bond.

Taylor, 32, also of Tullahoma, is being held in the Coffee County Jail in lieu of $400,000 bond.

Dorsett, 32, and Hickerson, 38, are also being held in the Coffee County Jail. Information on their bond amounts was not immediately available.

Steele, 33, had been missing for several weeks before his body was found in late October 2017 in Franklin County, about 75 yards off the road in a wooded area near the intersection of UTSI Road and Spring Creek Road in Estill Springs.

According to Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott, Steele had been detained and beaten at a Dossett Apartment home in Tullahoma and was shot in the leg as he attempted to escape. He was then taken to Franklin County and hanged from a tree.

Franklin County officials handled the initial investigation. This summer, Northcott said, he and Franklin County District Attorney Mike Taylor agreed to turn the investigation over to the Coffee County District Attorney’s office.

The TBI was also involved in the collecting and processing evidence.

No court date has been announced for any of the defendants.

Kelly Lapczynski can be reached by email at klapczynski@tullahomanews.com.