The Latest: Police: Hatchet death suspect admitted killing

June 6, 2018
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This photo provided by the Metro Nashville Police shows Domenic Micheli. Nashville Police tweeted Tuesday, June 5, 2018, that Kentucky State Police arrested Micheli, 36, who authorities say attacked and killed his former boss, Joel Paavola, early Monday with a hatchet and another bladed instrument at The Balance Training center in the Nashville area. Police said Paavola was assisting clients with a workout when he was attacked. Paavola had fired Micheli about 14 months ago, police said. (Metro Nashville Police via AP)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the suspect in a Tennessee hatchet killing (all times local):

5: p.m.

Police in Tennessee say a suspect has admitted to killing his former boss with a hatchet this week.

Nashville police say Domenic Micheli gave a detailed statement to detectives Wednesday about killing 46-year-old Joel Paavola early Monday at Paavola’s Nashville area fitness center.

Micheli is being held without bond in Warren County, Kentucky, awaiting extradition. A criminal homicide arrest warrant will be served upon his return to Nashville.

Police say inside Micheli’s Toyota Prius were found a hatchet, large knife and blood.

They say Micheli had a cut on his left leg and was treated at the hospital before he was taken to jail.


11:50 a.m.

Kentucky State Police say a driver’s tip led to an arrest in a Tennessee hatchet killing this week.

Lt. Jeremy Smith of the Bowling Green post says a concerned motorist called police Tuesday evening about a silver car on Interstate 65 near the Tennessee border.

He says the driver had seen news coverage about the car and 36-year-old suspect Domenic Micheli.

Smith says State Police then stopped the car and arrested Micheli without incident. Now he’s in the Warren County Jail charged with being a fugitive pending extradition to Tennessee.

Nashville police say Micheli attacked his ex-boss, 46-year-old Joel Paavola, with a hatchet and another bladed instrument as Paavola led a workout at the fitness center. Police say Paavola had fired Micheli from the gym 14 months ago.

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