Macon County Chronicle

Murder-Suicide Shakes County

On Wednesday, June 11, Lafayette police were dispatched to 1400A Cardinal Drive, where they discovered the tragic murder of 23-year-old Olivia Laine McDuffee and the attempted suicide of her estranged husband Jeffrey Allen Dias.

After a silent 911 call was made from the residence, Lafayette Police Chief Jerry Dallas was dispatched to the scene where he observed bullet holes in the front door and heard a noise coming from inside the home.

After identifying himself, Dallas entered the residence, discovered both victims and requested an ambulance.

Jeffrey, who was still breathing, suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was transported by Air-Evac to Vanderbilt Medical Center.  

Olivia, however, was pronounced dead at the scene from wounds inflicted by a 12-gauge shotgun owned by Jeffrey.

According to Dallas, the couple was in the process of getting a divorce at the time of the domestic dispute.

Following Olivia’s murder, Jeffrey passed away on Thursday, June 12, at approximately 2:30 a.m.

“It was a homicide and attempted suicide that turned into a suicide,” Dallas said. “The case is still under investigation.”

Olivia was in her fourth year of the registered nurse program at Tennessee State University, was employed as a patient care tech for the University Medical Center and worked as a cashier at the Marathon.  

In October of 1998 Olivia was saved and she was a member of the Old Beech Bottom Missionary Baptist Church.  

Besides her parents, she is survived by; sisters, Andrea (Jerry) Harmon of the Maple Grove Community, Leah McDuffee of the Hillsdale Community, maternal grandmother, Dean Ford of the Sadlers Chapel Community, paternal grandmother, Ruth McDuffee of the Haysville Community and all of Macon County, Tenn.

Jeffrey was a 1989 graduate of Macon County High School and has been employed as an Assembly Technician at Muller Brass in Hartsville since February 7, 2000.

Jeffrey was one of two sons of Tommy Dias of Lafayette and Vanessa Fay Dickerson Graham of Castalian Springs.

Surviving in addition to his father and mother are his stepmother, Myra Dias of Lafayette; step-father, Jim Graham of Castalian Springs; children, Lacy Nicole Dias and Austin Thomas Dias both of Lafayette; grandparents, Peggy Woodard Dias of Cato Community; William Allen and Evie Lee Dickerson of Castalian Springs; great-grandmother, Gertrude Woodard of Madison; brother, Steve Dias and wife Heidi of Lavergne; step-brother, Mark Layton of Sullivan, Indiana.
For complete obituaries please see page B-3.