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Affidavit: Pittman Misled Police In Investigation of Greenlee's Death


Details about a suspected murder at Jackson, Tennessee’s Union University came to light Tuesday during the arraignment of a student from Milan.

Charles Pittman is being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence after the death of his fiancé Olivia Greenlee.  

She was found dead in her car from a single gunshot wound last Wednesday. Jackson Police arrested Greenlee's fiance Charles Pittman of Milan over the weekend on charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence. Both were Union students. 

Jackson Sun reporter Nichole Manna has been covering the case surrounding the Union student’s death and was at the arraignment.

“The affidavit which went into more information than what we’ve been getting from the police which included details about Pittman trying to cover up the alleged murder," said Manna. "He said that he handed her the gun and she shot herself, but police confirmed and reiterated afterwards that they think that he shot her.”

Manna explains Pittman’s reaction as Judge Blake Anderson read details from the investigation.

"During one part where the judge read in the affidavit that he handed Olivia Greenlee the gun he shook his head no, and throughout the entire time he was kind of rolling his eyes," she said. "He’d nod his head, look around. He didn’t give much of an emotion."

Manna says Pittman gave the police the wrong set of clothes when they asked him to bring what he wore the night of Greenlee’s death. Police had footage of the couple at a restaurant before the incident, and confronted Pittman. He then brought a laundered and bleached set to the police.

The affidavit also shows that Pittman called and texted Greenlee’s family and friends after the incident to make it look like he was not involved.

Pittman did not enter a plea, and Anderson ordered him a public defender. A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 27.

Whitney grew up listening to Car Talk to and from her family’s beach vacation each year, but it wasn’t until a friend introduced her to This American Life that radio really grabbed her attention. She is a recent graduate from Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where she studied journalism. When she’s not at WKMS, you can find her working on her backyard compost pile and garden, getting lost on her bicycle or crocheting one massive blanket.
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