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Detectives Investigating Self-Defense Claim in Fatal West Nashville Domestic-Related Shooting


December 28, 2013


West Precinct detectives are continuing to investigate a West Nashville woman’s report that she fatally wounded her boyfriend in self-defense during an overnight domestic-related fight inside their River Road apartment.
Anderous Reid, 39, was shot at approximately 3:30 a.m. by Jessica Cothon, 29.  Also home at the time were the couple’s two children (three-year-old girl and six-year-old boy), Cothon’s 11-year-old daughter, and Cothon’s mother.  Police department counselors responded to assist the children.
Cothon was fully cooperative with detectives and said that Reid was physically attacking her in a bedroom when she retrieved her pistol and fired.  Reid was hit in the midsection and died at the scene.  No charges are being placed against Cothon at present.  The case file, as a matter of routine, will be sent to the District Attorney’s Office for review at the conclusion of the investigation.
Reid was arrested for domestic-related felony aggravated assault in January stemming from a December fight with Cothon during which she said Reid strangled her, slammed her head to the floor and kicked her.  Officers responded to the hospital, interviewed Cothon and swore out the aggravated assault warrant on her behalf due to her decision not to prosecute Reid.  The aggravated assault charge was dismissed in General Sessions Court in October.
Reid was arrested for domestic-related felony aggravated assault in March 2007 after Cothon reported Reid had beaten her head against concrete, hit her with a broom and attempted to burn her with a lighter.  Reid was convicted in that case of misdemeanor assault and received a sentence of 11 months, 29 days.
Records reflect that Reid was convicted of attempted murder in 1994 and received an eight-year sentence.  He also received an eight-year sentence for a 2003 felony cocaine arrest and a two-year sentence for being a convicted felon in possession of a gun in the 2003 case.


Anderous Reid