Tip Leads To Arrest Of Convicted Felon Wanted In Connection With Murder

Tip Leads To Arrest Of Convicted Felon Wanted In Connection With Murder

CREATED Apr 17, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A citizen's tip led to the arrest of a convicted felon who was wanted in connection with an October murder in Nashville.

Officers arrested 22-year-old Martez Parham after a citizen's tip led to them stopping a red Dodge Charger on Charlotte Avenue near the entrance to I-40 west on Wednesday afternoon. Parham, a passenger in the car, was taken into custody without incident.

Parham was wanted for being an accessory after the fact for the October 30, 2013 shooting death of 35-year-old Mario McKnight.

Another convicted felon, 25-year-old Rodrecus Smith, remained on the run and police said he should be considered dangerous and possibly armed. He has been indicted for McKnight's murder and robbery.

McKnight was killed while riding in the rear of a dry cleaning van in the vicinity of 12th Avenue South & Argyle Avenue. It is believed that 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.

Anyone seeing Smith, whose last known address was on Stockell Street, was asked to call Crime Stoppers at (615) 74-CRIME.