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Shaw charged with murder, kidnapping

A man who reportedly confessed to killing a former Warren County resident was arraigned Wednesday on first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping charges in Madison County, Tenn.

Shawn Shaw, 29, was formally presented with the charges against him and ordered to be held without bond for the death of Patti Hathcock, 19. The daughter of Coy and Betty Ann Hathcock, Patti attended school locally at Hickory Creek Elementary, Warren County Middle School, and Warren County High School. The family was well known in this community through Coy’s work as preacher of Westwood Church of Christ. A prayer vigil was held for Patti on Thursday at the church.

According to a report on WBBJ Eyewitness News, Hathcock was killed last Thursday after she and Shaw got in a fight at a gas station in the Jackson area.

Shaw reportedly confessed to beating and strangling Hathcock last Thursday. After he was arrested Saturday, he was able to lead law enforcement officials to her body, according to WBBJ. Her car contained a substantial amount of blood.

According to Tyler Buckley with the District Attorney’s Office, Shaw has prior charges that date back to 2010. He’s previously been charged with multiple domestic aggravated assaults, including one with a deadly weapon. He’s also been charged with evading arrest.

Because of those factors, Shaw was ordered to be held without bond. His next court date is June 14.