UPDATE: Estranged husband charged in wife's murder - Victim found deceased on roadside in Christiana

Feb 15, 2021 at 09:40 am by WGNS


A man who is accused of murdering his wife on December 28, 2020 will soon appear in court. Rutherford County District Attorney Jennings Jones stated…



The day that 29-year-old Brecka Nicole Lugo was found dead, the temperature outside hit a low of 30-degrees.

Again, Lugo will appear in court in the near future. 

More Details:

Detective Joseph Duncan charged husband Juan Francisco Lugo, 41, of Floyd Avenue in Murfreesboro with killing his wife, Brecka Nicole Lugo, 29, of New Zion Road, said Lt. Todd Sparks of the Criminal Investigations Division.

Brecka Lugo’s parents found her missing and her two small children alone at their home December 28, 2020, Sparks said.

While patrol deputies gathered information for the missing person report, sheriff’s dispatchers received a call about a woman’s body discovered a few miles away on Oak Grove Road. Detectives identified Lugo as the victim.

“Evidence on the scene indicated that she was a victim of homicide,” Sparks said.

Detectives followed leads developing Juan Lugo as the suspect. Patrol deputies coordinating with detectives located and stopped him on Interstate 24.

“After speaking with Lugo, Detective Duncan charged him with first-degree murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence,” Sparks said.

Lugo was booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center where he is being held on $500,000 bond. A hearing is set June 6, 2021 in General Sessions Court.

CID Capt. Britt Reed said her body was taken to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

“I’m grateful for the diligence of all law enforcement officers involved with this investigation,” Reed said.  “The quick arrest of Juan Lugo is the result of their work.”

Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh thanked Murfreesboro Police who assisted in the investigation.