CLINTON -- An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation into the 2015 homicide of a Columbia man has resulted in the indictment of four Middle Tennessee individuals on multiple charges, including first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.

Special agents began investigating the homicide of Paul "JR" Hayward, who was found shot to death on the side of Ky. 230 in Hickman County on December 27, 2015. The victim's vehicle was found the following day at a bar located in Columbia. During the investigation, agents found information that indicated Hickman had been the target of a planned robbery attempt, and that Lyndsey Barnes, Jamie Swarthout, Mustafa Slater, and Tramell Sparkman were the individuals responsible for his death.

On Feb. 5, the Hickman County Grand Jury returned indictments against those four individuals. They were served with charges this week. Charges include:

Barnes, 21, two counts of first-degree murder, one count attempted robbery, one count aggravated kidnapping, one count robbery conspiracy. Barnes is currently held in the Hickman County Jail.

Swarthout, 26, two counts of first-degree murder, one count attempted robbery, one count aggravated kidnapping, one count robbery conspiracy. Swarthout is currently held in the Maury County Jail on unrelated charges.

Slater, 24, two counts of first-degree murder, one count attempted robbery, one count aggravated kidnapping, one count robbery conspiracy, one count employment of a firearm during dangerous felony. Slater is currently held in the Maury County Jail on unrelated charges.

Sparkman, 30, two counts of first-degree murder, one count attempted robbery, one count aggravated kidnapping, one count robbery conspiracy, one count employment of a firearm during dangerous felony, one count possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Sparkman is currently held in the Davidson County Jail on unrelated charges.

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