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A Union University student’s fiancé has been charged in her murder and staged it to look like a suicide, according to a Saturday night news release from the Jackson Police Department.

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Charles Andre Pittman, 21, has been charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in connection with the homicide of 21-year-old Olivia Marie Greenlee. Both were students at Union University and lived off campus in Jackson, the release said.

According to his Facebook page, Pittman, a senior Christian ministries major, is originally from Milan, Tenn. He and Greenlee got engaged in May 2013.

The release said Jackson police investigators prepared a warrant charging Pittman. The Jackson City Court judge will review the charges Sunday morning and determine a bond amount.

Police said the judge may order Pittman held with no bond based on the first-degree murder charge.

The release said Pittman will be formally arraigned at on Tuesday at 8 a.m. in Jackson City Court.

Police said around 7:50 a.m. Wednesday, the department was called after Greenlee was found dead in her 2001 Toyota Corolla on the parking lot behind Luther Hall on Union University's campus.

The release said an assistant county medical examiner and Jackson police investigators were called to the scene. A gun was found inside the car and the preliminary cause of Greenlee’s death was a single gunshot wound.

“We are sad to learn of the death of our student, Olivia Greenlee, a senior music major from Dyersburg,” said Union President David S. Dockery in a news release Wednesday. “As we learn additional information, we will seek to share it with the Union community. Until then, please join us in praying for the family and friends of Olivia, and for the entire Union community in this hour of need.”

The campus had been closed due to a forecast of inclement weather.

Police said Pittman was developed as a person of interest and on Friday evening, Jackson police investigators met with Pittman and conducted a follow-up interview. Pittman was taken into custody and booked at the Madison County Jail on an investigative hold based on the investigators’ findings.

Investigators met with prosecutors and discussed the evidence in the case on Saturday afternoon, the release said. The evidence shows Pittman shot Greenlee as she sat in her car on Tuesday night. Pittman then staged the crime scene, trying to make it appear that Greenlee had committed suicide.

When news of Greenlee’s death was first release, those who knew her and Pittman posted their condolences on Pittman’s Facebook page. They offered him prayers for his loss. Pittman did not post any public comments in response.

Dockery issued a statement Saturday night after learning that Pittman had been charged in Greenlee’s murder.
“Understanding that an arrest is not the same thing as a conviction, we now need to let the judicial process run its course. Union University continues to cooperate with authorities.”

“Crisis counselors are available to serve our campus community,” said Dockery in the statement. “Individuals may connect with them by visiting the front desk at the Bowld Student Commons or by contacting the Office of Student Services.”

Dockery added, “During this difficult time, words motivated by hatred or judgment are not helpful to anyone. I want to encourage us to pray for all the families connected to this tragedy. Let us ask for God's wisdom, comfort, help and mercy during the days and weeks to come.”

Visitation for Greenlee was Saturday from 5-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Dyersburg. The funeral will be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the church.

According to Greenlee's obituary, she was a member at First Baptist Church in Dyersburg. She was also a member of Union University Singers, a group leader for the children's music camps and the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, where she participated in many community activities.

Greenlee was a 2010 graduate of Dyersburg High School, where she was a member of the DHS Color Guard, the DHS Concert Band, the DHS Choral Group and a member of Miss DHS Court. She was also honor student at DHS and Union University.

Greenlee is survived by her parents, Barry and Tina Greenlee of Dyersburg; two sisters, Sara Hamm and her husband, Zach, of Huntsville, AL and Mollie Greenlee of Dyersburg; and her grandparents, Rev. Joe and Nadene Naylor of Dyersburg and Norvel and Rose Greenlee of Eddyville, Ky.

The obituary stated Olivia Greenlee's family requested that memorials be directed to Youth Villages, Union University Music Scholarship Program or to the Dyersburg First Baptist Church Music Ministry.

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