- Associated Press - Sunday, August 16, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say a senior at Middle Tennessee State University has been accused of killing a 22-year-old woman who was found dead inside her apartment.

Multiple media report that Brandon Bowling was taken into custody on Saturday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Heather Maples, who was discovered Aug. 7.

Bowling is being held without bond in the Rutherford County Jail.

At the time of her death, police said they believe Maples knew her attacker and her death was not a random act. However, the connection, if any, between the two has yet to be released.

Authorities also have not said how Maples died. She was not an MTSU student, but worked at the apartment complex where she lived.



MTSU spokesman Jimmy Hart said Bowling, a business major in information systems, first enrolled during the summer of 2011. He was also enrolled to take classes this fall.

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