Columbia Police arrest man wanted for allegedly stabbing parents to death

Published: Apr. 19, 2022 at 2:00 PM CDT
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COLUMBIA, TENN (WSMV) - Police announced Tuesday evening the capture of the man wanted for allegedly stabbing his parents to death.

Investigators arrested Demondra Gaines, 27, after the bodies of Demondra’s parents, Christopher and Katrina Gaines, were found inside Skyline Drive home around 10:15 a.m.

Gaines was arrested in Memphis after investigators were on the scene at a motel along with other law enforcement agencies.

“Investigators worked throughout the night processing the crime scene and developing leads in this case,” said Capt. Jeremy Haywood with Columbia Police Department during a press conference on Tuesday.

“Evidence recovered from the crime scene proves that the death of Christopher and Katrina Gaines to be the result of a brutal stabbing attack. The couple and that their 27-year old son Demondra Gaines is responsible for the attack on these two individuals,” he added

Police said there was a two-year-old child and a three-year-old inside the home during the stabbing, but they were not harmed. The children are now being cared for and are with their parents. Police did not release their relationship with the victims, but in the 911 call, the brother of Demondra Gaines identified them as his kids.

The 911 calls were released on Tuesday. During the calls, a man, who identified himself as a son of Christopher and Katrina Gaines, said he found his parents dead and verbally shaken.

Today, police release the disturbing 911 call in the double homicide in Columbia on Monday. Tosin Fakile has more on the story.

Dispatch: and what’s going on with them

Caller: They’re dead. They’re dead

Dispatch: Both of them?

Caller: They’re dead. They’re dead

IN THE 911 Call, the caller also went on to mention Demondra Gaines by name.

Caller: I don’t know if, I think my brother was here. I don’t know if he did this or not.

Dispatch: What’s your brother’s name

Caller: His name is Demondra

Dispatch: What do you think he did?

Caller: Sir, Sir they got stab wounds.

Dispatch: They got stabbed?

Caller: Yes sir

Police said the victims of the double homicide were “brutally stabbed” on Monday morning.

On Monday night, police said they had issued warrants for Demondra Gaines for two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault resulting in death, and theft of a motor vehicle.

The car Gaines stole was recovered in his arrest.

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