Former Vanderbilt nurse RaDonda Vaught is scheduled to be sentenced this Friday after being found guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the 2017 death of 75-year-old patient Charlene Murphey. Vaught administered the wrong drug to Murphey, bypassing multiple safeguards before injecting her with the same drug used in some lethal injections. Long before that guilty verdict, Vanderbilt Medical Center quietly settled with Murphey’s family for the loss of her life. The family reportedly received a $750,000 settlement from Vanderbilt University Medical Center — a number that was confidential until now.
Metro Nashville Police say 28-year-old Emily Jane Delaney had to be removed from the Ryman Auditorium Sunday night. She was causing an unnecessary disturbance and stated she had been drinking tequila shots. Officers noted both her breath and body reeked of alcohol, and she had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes during their encounter. She was transported to booking and charged with public intoxication.
On Mother’s day, 22-year-old Michaela Hunt was with her boyfriend, Christopher Falcon, at the home of his mother, Christie Falcon, in South Nashville. Multiple witnesses at the location reported that Michaela was intoxicated and “causing a scene” during the evening. Christopher says she became verbally aggressive and then began hitting, slapping, and scratching him, which caused multiple visible injuries, as documented by police.
36-year-old Shane Woods reportedly bothered both staff and other guests at the Home2 Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt on Division Street late Saturday evening. Police arrived to find him unsteady on his feet and slurring all the words he attempted to use. He claimed to have only drank two alcoholic beverages, however upon further investigation, officers asked him to stand up straight — at which point he almost fell face forward to the ground. Unable to locate any friends or family to assist him, officers transported him to booking, where he was charged with public intoxication.
A woman flagged down Metro Nashville Police Officer James Harber and told him that a man identified as 21-year-old David Cox was touching her inappropriately and without her consent while inside Kid Rock’s Bar on Broadway in downtown Nashville, and he continued despite being told to stop multiple times. Officer Harber placed Cox in the rear of his patrol car, where he noted he “belched continuously.” Officer Harber noted that “due to the actions of the defendant and his obvious intoxicated condition,” he was charged with public intoxication. He was transported to booking, where he stayed for the standard eight-hour hold, at which time he was released with charges dismissed.
Steven Swon says his girlfriend, 30-year-old Alexandra Rymarz, became upset over him cheating with another woman in the parking lot of their apartment complex. He says she shoved him, impacting his neck, chest, and arms. As the altercation continued, a container of pepper spray fell from his pocket, and Alexandra picked it up and sprayed him in the face with it. Police arrived and documented the victim’s injuries and spoke with Alexandra, who admitted to shoving and pepper-spraying her boyfriend.
Metro Nashville Police officers working the Entertainment District Initiative in downtown Nashville observed 27-year-old Alexander Bevis stumbling into the roadway near Broadway & 1st Ave this weekend. Officers made contact to keep him out of the roadway and safe, and immediately noticed his extreme level of intoxication, describing him as “belligerent.” Unable to care for himself in his current state, and unable to locate his friends or family, he was taken into custody and charged with public intoxication.