Police have another man in custody over pregnant woman’s death

April 15, 2013

LIMA ‚?? A man wanted for questioning in connection with the April 6 slaying of a pregnant woman surrendered himself to police Monday.

Adrian D Nichols Jr., 22, turned himself in about 11 a.m. Police had been looking for him for several days in connection with the investigation into the death of Tara Cutlip, 21. She was shot multiple times inside her home at 1157 Bahama Drive.

Cutlip was seven months pregnant. Her unborn daughter also was killed.

‚??We believe (Nichols) has information related to the incident,‚?Ě Lima Police Lt. Jim Baker said.

One other man is in custody as ‚??a person of interest‚?Ě and is being held on warrants from other cases. Marquavius D. Shurelds, 22, was Cutlip‚??s boyfriend. They had a son together.

The investigation continues into Cutlip‚??s death, and no one has been charged despite strong hints by police that her boyfriend may have been involved.

Police have not called either man a suspect. Each has been labeled a "person of interest," which Baker defined as ‚??someone who we believe has information related to the incident.‚?Ě Baker said a suspect is someone directly involved in a crime who may be charged with the crime. He also said sometimes a person of interest becomes a suspect.

Shurelds is being held in Allen County Jail and could face up to five years in prison for violating his probation for having a gun under a court sanction from a 2010 case. A probation violation hearing may be the next time Shurelds is in court, sometime in the next few weeks.

Adrian D. Nichols