2 Convicted Felons Wanted In Connection With October Murder

2 Convicted Felons Wanted In Connection With October Murder

CREATED Apr 1, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two convicted felons are wanted in connection with an October murder in Nashville.

Officials with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said 25-year-old Rodrecus Smith has been indicted on murder and robbery charges for the shooting death of Mario McKnight on October 30, 2013.

McKnight was killed while riding in the rear of a dry cleaning van in the vicinity of 12th Avenue South and Argyle Avenue. Police believe he and the van's driver were trying to flee a street robbery related to a nearby dice game.

Smith is also wanted for felony probation violation, domestic assault, vandalism and failure to appear in court on charges of gun possession by a convicted felon, drug possession and resisting arrest. The probation violation stems from Smith's convictions in 2012 on two counts of aggravated assault, one count of reckless endangerment and one count of vehicle theft. He received three six-year sentences and one two-year sentence, most of which were probated.

Police said Smith, who is last known to have lived on Stockell Street, is considered to be dangerous and potentially armed.

Police also are searching for convicted felon Martez Parham, who is under indictment for being an accessory after the fact. The 22-year-old is a convicted kidnapper and robber who was last known to live on Simpkins Road.

Anyone seeing either man was asked to call Crime Stoppers at (615)74-CRIME. Tips can also be sent to Crime Stoppers by texting the word "CASH" along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com.