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Arrest Made In Slaying Of Tennessee Cab Driver

Arrest Made In Slaying Of Tennessee Cab Driver

CREATED Feb 15, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee woman has been ordered held on $1 million bond after being charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the death of a cab driver.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said 19-year-old Tanuja L. Rivers of Arlington, Tenn., is charged with killing 43-year-old Zewdneh Assemu of Bartlett, who was found beaten and stabbed to death by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office in a field near Highway 196 North on December 6.

TBI spokeswoman Illana Tate said a motive and the exact circumstances surrounding Assemu's death are still being sorted out.

Officers arrested Rivers on Thursday evening.

Jail records did not list an attorney for Rivers.