Two Murfreesboro Men Charged With 2nd Degree Murder

Jul 23, 2021 at 05:51 pm by WGNS

(MURFREESBORO)  Two Rutherford County men have been indicted in connection with the drug-related death of Murfreesboro's Joshua Dickerson on October 31, 2019.

The cause of death for Dickerson was determined to be an overdose caused by heroin/ fentanyl toxicity.  The investigation identified Franklyn Lotito and Terry Averitt as the individuals who provided the drugs to the victim. 


As you recall from earlier reports, in June, the Rutherford County Grand Jury returned indictments charging 36-year old Franklyn Lotito and 38-year old Terry Averitt each with one count of Second Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Delivery of Fentanyl.

The Rutherford County Fugitive Task Force arrested Lotito and Averitt, and they were booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, with each being held on $100,000 bond.

The multi-jurisdictional investigation was conducted by several agencies that worked together as a team: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Drug Investigation Division, DEA Tactical Diversion Group, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department, Murfreesboro Police Department, Smyrna Police Department, La Vergne Police Department, and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.

Again, Franklyn Lotito and Terry Averitt have been arrested and are being held at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.



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