Suspect in the Murder of a Smyrna Gas Station Clerk to Undergo a Mental Health Evaluation

Jun 07, 2023 at 09:25 am by WGNS News

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TENN. - Last year, a man was honored in Smyrna during a community fundraiser at a local convenient store. Throughout the day on September 8th, the Twice Daily gas at the intersection of Stonecrest and Sam Ridley Parkway, donated .50-cents per gallon for every gallon of gas purchased to the family of Nick Patterson. Over 14,000 gallons of gas was sold on that day, but what led to that fundraiser is still hard for friends and family to wrap their heads around.

Patterson was shot and killed during an attempted robbery at the gas station on August 30, 2022. The 34-year-old man was described by customers as someone who was easy to talk to and always kind. Patterson was described as a "friend" to many. 


Days before an arrest was made in the murder of Nick Patterson, the suspect in the Smyrna shooting was implicated in two additional robberies that occured in Brentwood and Nashville. Rutherford County District Attorney Jennings Jones updated WGNS on the status of the case… Again, the suspect is currently behind bars and awaiting a mental health evaluation. 

31-Year-old Keanthony Williams is facing Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Robbery and Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon charges in neighboring Williamson County. There, a hearing is scheduled to take place next month in the Williamson County Circuit Courtroom of Judge Deana Hood. The hearing is expected to take place on July 31, 2023.  Williams is also facing charges in Davidson County. 

Detective Stephen Hannah with the Smyrna Police Department is the lead investigator in this case. Hannah worked with detectives in neighboring communities to piece the puzzle together, which led to Williams facing multiple charges in at least 3-different cities.

The Smyrna gas station clerk who was killed during the attempted robbery last year, worked for the company that owns Twice Daily for 9-years. The money that was raised on September 8th of 2022, went towards the cost of funeral arrangements for the beloved clerk.

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