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Murder Suspect Arrested 2 Days After Addition To Most Wanted List

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Murder Suspect Arrested 2 Days After Addition To Most Wanted List

CREATED Jun 18, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A convicted felon wanted for murder was arrested just two days after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation added him to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list.

Rodrecus Montrell Smith was taken to the West Precinct before being brought to the Criminal Justice Center for booking on Wednesday morning. NewsChannel 5 was the only crew outside the CJC when he was brought in, wearing only boxers and socks. 

"I'm innocent; I ain't got nothing to do with that," Smith said to NewsChannel 5 reporter Cuthbert Langley as he was taken to the Davidson County Jail-- this time wearing an orange jumpsuit from the Davidson County Sheriff's Office.

He was being held without bond, pending a hearing.

The 26-year-old convicted felon was indicted in April on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated robbery. He had been wanted by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the TBI in the October 30, 2013 shooting death of 35-year-old Mario McKnight.

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.

U.S. Marshals, Metropolitan Nashville Police officers, and TBI agents arrested Smith just before 6 a.m. Wednesday in Madison. Authorities said tips led authorities to a residence on Cheyenne Boulevard, where he was found hiding in a closet. He was taken into custody without incident. 

A woman answered the door, and admitted that Smith was inside. An infant was reportedly inside the apartment as well, but no injuries were reported.

Smith was 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 stemmed 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.

The TBI had just added him to the state’s Top 10 Most Wanted List on Monday.

In April, a Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of 22-year-old Martez Parham, who was wanted for being an accessory after the fact in McKnight’s death.

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