Man Arrested for Allegedly Shooting and Killing Girlfriend in Murfreesboro and then Fleeing to Kentucky

Feb 16, 2023 at 11:19 am by WGNS News

41-year-old Shaleem Hamilton.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A woman was shot and killed in Murfreesboro the day after Valentine’s Day. The Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD) Violent Crimes Unit detectives are investigating the shooting death of the woman who was allegedly killed by her boyfriend on Wednesday, February 15, 2023.  The boyfriend was later arrested in Kentucky, according to the MPD. 

The victim, 25-year-old Rebecca Stockton, was found shot to death in the living room of an apartment at the Fortress Grove Apartments on Puckett Creek Crossing around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night.  Stockton was pronounced dead on the scene.


The preliminary investigation shows there may have been an argument between Stockton and 41-year-old Shaleem Hamilton.  Either during the argument or directly after, neighbors reported the sounds of multiple gunshots.   

Criminal Investigations Division detectives were able to develop leads and issued a be on the lookout for a suspect. A Corbin, Kentucky Police Department officer located Hamilton at a gas station in Corbin.  The suspect was approached and arrested.  Hamilton is charged with 1st degree murder.

Murfreesboro Police confirmed the investigation into the shooting continues. Hamilton remains in custody in Kentucky until he can be extradited to Rutherford County.

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