Co-worker of slain TSU research assistant indicted


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A co-worker of a Tennessee State University employee who was found stabbed and beaten to death on campus has been indicted on charges of first degree murder and especially aggravated robbery.
Jarrod M. Phillips was working as a temporary farm employee at TSU when 60-year-old poultry plant supervisor Nathaniel Adefope was found dead on Sept. 8.
Police have said the 23-year-old Phillips received medical treatment for a cut to his hand on that same day and DNA evidence linked him to the body. He was arrested on Sept. 22 and is in jail on $500,000 bond.
Phillips was previously convicted of robbing an East Nashville Dollar General. He was sentenced to four years but received probation.
Adefope was a native of Nigeria who earned undergraduate and master's degrees in poultry science at TSU.