Man given four life sentences for four murders in Covington, Millington

Michael Cullum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Tennessee man has received four sentences of life in prison without parole for killing two neighbors and fatally shooting a father and a daughter in separate incidents.

Officials say 47-year-old Michael Cullum pleaded guilty last week to killing 66-year-old Robert Bailey and his 41-year-old daughter Tammie Bailey in July 2016 in their home in Drummonds, located in Tipton County.

He allegedly stole cigarettes, a wallet, food and pills from the father and daughter.

Cullum also pleaded guilty to fatally shooting 49-year-old Rhonda Bishop Dukes and 47-year-old Brenda Dukes in their home in June 2016. Prosecutors said they were Cullum’s neighbors in Millington, located in Shelby County.

He allegedly took Lortab pills from their home.

Cullum, who had been charged with first-degree murder in all four deaths, entered Alford pleas in Shelby County. In an Alford plea, a defendant doesn’t admit guilt, but agrees there’s enough evidence for a conviction.