Murder Trial Ends With Conviction of Voluntary Manslaughter

Michael L Curtis intake photo when he was arrested in 2012.

Michael L Curtis intake photo when he was arrested in 2012.

The jury in the Michael Curtis murder trial started deliberations on Monday afternoon. After a long day the jury announced it was deadlocked on Tuesday, but the judge sent them back into deliberations to try and reach a verdict. The jury came back a few minutes later with a conviction of voluntary manslaughter.
Curtis of Tullahoma was accused of the brutal killing of Kayla Qualls Nov. 26, 2012 at his residence on General Street in Tullahoma and then placing her body in her SUV and driving it to an area on Spring Creek Road in Franklin County. Two men discovered Qualls’ body, the mother of Curtis’ grandchildren in the rear seat of her vehicle. An autopsy revealed that she had been beaten to death.
Curtis’ sentencing date was set for December 9. He could serve between 3-16 years.