UPDATE: Man accused of killing 86-year old Murfreesboro woman also charged with rape and abuse of a corpse

Nov 10, 2015 at 11:45 am by bryan

We have an update on the murder of 86-year old Louis Jean Espy in Murfreesboro. The man who allegedly killed the 86-year old woman has been charged with not only her murder, but also with two counts of rape and one count of abuse of a corpse.

60-year old William Russell Brace is being held at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear in court to file a plea on December 14, 2015.


The TBI began investigating the death of Lois Jean Espy on February 23, 2015, the same date deputies from the Bedford County Sheriff's Department found the body of the Espy on Mullins Mill Road.

During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information which led to her neighbor, William Russell Brace, as the individual responsible for Espy's death in her Murfreesboro apartment in February, as well as the subsequent placement of her body in Bedford County.

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