Murder Suspect Arrested in Death of Tucker Beathard’s Brother, Clayton Beathard

Nashville police arrested Michael D. Mosley, 23, on Dec. 25 and charged him with two counts of criminal homicide in the stabbing deaths of Clayton Beathard, 22, and Paul Trapeni III, 21, on Dec. 21.

Clayton was the son of country songwriter Casey Beathard and the brother of singer/songwriter Tucker Beathard (pictured in main photo) and NFL quarterback C.J. Beathard.

Mosley was also charged with one count of attempted criminal homicide for wounding a third man. Mosley was captured on Dec. 25 in Cheatham County, Tenn., after a joint task force located him in a vacant house. Mosley is being held without bond on the two criminal homicide charges, and a $5 million bond was set on the attempted criminal homicide charge.

“The fatal stabbings appear to have resulted from an argument over a woman that began inside Dogwood Bar and then turned physical when the parties went outside,” according to a press release from Nashville Police. “Multiple persons were involved in the outdoor fight during which the two men were both fatally stabbed in their sides.”

Metro Nashville PD posted a series of tweets and photos on Dec. 25 to announce Mosley’s capture:

“BREAKING: Accused double murderer Michael D. Mosley just arrested in Cheatham County. Mosley will be booked later today on 2 counts of criminal homicide and 1 count of attempted criminal homicide for Saturday morning’s stabbing of 3 men, 2 fatally.”
“Michael Mosley surrendered from a vacant home on Petway Rd in Cheatham County after it was surrounded by law enforcement. He was there alone. MNPD SWAT, TBI, U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force & Midtown Hills Precinct detectives teamed up to make this happen.”
“Thank you, too, to Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove & his team for the help in the Mosley search & apprehension.”
“A judicial commissioner a short time ago ordered that Michael D. Mosley be held without bond on the two criminal homicide charges against him. A $5,000,000 bond was set on the attempted criminal homicide charge.”

Clayton played football at Long Island University.

“We are thankful that he is off of the streets,” said Clayton’s father, Casey, according to the Tennessean. “We are sad because two incredible young men are missed. The only thing that holds us together is trusting God. We are in awe of all of the good we have already seen him working in and through this tragedy.”

Mosley has previous convictions for robbery, felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor assault.

photo by NCD

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