published Monday, January 7th, 2013

Tullahoma man held on $1.25 million in New Year’s Day attack

A Tullahoma man charged early last week with carjacking now faces added charges of rape, robbery, kidnapping and aggravated assault in connection with an attack on a woman on New Year’s Day.

Manchester, Tenn., Police Department officials say Billy Joe Nelson, 31, of Tullahoma, is being held in the Coffee County Jail on $1.25 million bond in connection with the combined five counts against him. Each of the counts carried a $250,000 bond, Butler said.

He is accused of attacking, abducting and assaulting a 38-year-old local woman who had fallen asleep in her car at a local tavern and was awakened by Nelson, police said.

Nelson faces a date in Coffee County General Sessions Court on Jan. 10, officials said.

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about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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