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Police: Suspect Admits To Killing Homeless Man For Money

Police: Suspect Admits To Killing Homeless Man For Money

CREATED Mar 29, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A suspect has been charged in connection with an overnight homicide in south Nashville after police said he admitted to killing a homeless man for his money.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said 52-year-old Jessie Scales was arrested Saturday and charged with Criminal Homicide in the death of a 57-year-old homeless man.

A body was found early Saturday morning at a homeless camp, located under the Interstate 65 overpass near Thompson Lane.

The victim's name has not yet been released. 

Police said Scales, who is reportedly also homeless, walked into the Mapco on Franklin Pike and told the clerk he had just killed someone.

According to investigators, Scales admitted to striking the victim several times with a shovel before placing him in a fire pit. He told police he allegedly killed the man for his money.

The Medical Examiner has been called in to determine the victim's exact cause of death.

Scales has previously been convicted of aggravated assault, assault, vandalism and disorderly conduct.