Tenn. Children’s Minister Charged With Fiancée’s Murder, Staged To Look Like Suicide (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A 21-year-old children’s minister in Tennessee was suspended by his church when he was charged in the shooting death of his fiancée.

The Jackson police department announced Saturday that Union University student Charles Pittman was charged with the first-degree murder of Olivia Greenlee, 21.

Greenlee was found dead in her car with the doors locked last Tuesday. A 9-mm handgun was found in the vehicle.

Pittman told authorities that Greenlee dropped him off at home Feb. 11, and he was concerned about her emotional state.

"Pittman further indicated that he immediately began texting her and along with an associate began searching for the victim, even notifying the victim's parents who traveled from Dyersburg, to assist in the search efforts," the affidavit said.

He called Union University security on Feb. 12 and asked them to check campus for any signs of Greenlee. Her car was found in a parking lot.

Investigators learned the gun in the car belonged to a friend of Pittman’s, who didn’t realize it had been taken.

Authorities now believe Pittman shot Greenlee and attempted to make it look like the music education student had committed suicide. Video footage from a restaurant where the couple ate on Feb. 11, shows Pittman was not wearing the clothing he told investigators he wore that night.

"Evidence at the scene contradicts Pittman's account of Greenlee's death," the affidavit said. "Investigators believe probable cause exists that Pittman murdered Greenlee."

"This case shows that domestic violence affects people from all different races, religions and socioeconomic statuses," Capt. Tyreece Miller said Saturday.

The couple planned to be married in August.

Sources: Jacksonville Sun, New York Daily News