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Convicted Felon Arrested In Fatal North Nashville Stabbing

Convicted Felon Arrested In Fatal North Nashville Stabbing

CREATED Feb 25, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A suspect in a fatal stabbing in north Nashville has turned himself in to police, but he claims it was self-defense.

A police affidavit said 52-year-old Eric Donnovan Lawler surrendered himself at Metro Police headquarters on Tuesday morning.

On Monday night, North Precinct detectives issued an arrest warrant for Lawler in connection with fatal stabbing of 32-year-old Demetrish Hillman Monday afternoon.

Police said Lawler was visiting Hillman when an argument broke out between the two around 5:15 p.m. Witnesses reported the confrontation happened after Hillman threw a brick at the suspect's car, damaging the windshield.

According to investigators, Lawler got out of the car, and stabbed Hillman in the neck and chest. Hillman was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he died.

Lawler fled the scene in a gold, four-door Pontiac sedan.

Police said Lawler, a convicted felon, was also wanted on outstanding warrants for domestic assault and vandalism against his ex-wife. They said he was last convicted of felony aggravated assault in 2010 and received a three-year sentence.

Lawler was booked into the Metro Jail on a charge of criminal homicide. He was held without bond pending a hearing.