Suspect in the Murder of a Twice Daily Gas Station Employee in Smyrna Awaits Next Court Date

Jan 08, 2024 at 04:05 pm by WGNS News

Keanthony Williams


SMYRNA, TN - In August of 2022, Smyrna Police responded to a shooting at the Twice Daily gas station at the corner of Sam Ridley and Stonecrest Parkway. Upon their arrival, they found gas station clerk Nick Patterson suffering from what proved to be a fatal gunshot wound...That was Rutherford County District Attorney Jennings Jones.


Days before Keanthony Williams reportedly killed Patterson in Smyrna, he was implicated in two additional robberies... Detective Steve Hannah with the Smyrna Police Department is the lead investigator in this case.

32-Year-old Williams will appear before Rutherford County Circuit Court Judge James Turner for an arraignment on March 15, 2024. An arraignment is the first scheduled appearance by the defendant in Criminal or Circuit Court. In this case, suspect Keanthony Williams is facing charges of first degree murder, attempted aggravated robbery and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

In Williamson County, Williams was charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. The charges stem from a reported hold-up at another gas station in the Brentwood area. The Brentwood incident took place just 3-days before the attempted robbery in Smyrna that left Mr. Patterson dead.

The next court date for Williams is in Williamson County on January 29, 2024.

The defendant, who lives in a town home on Hickory Hollow Parkway in Antioch, is also facing charges in Davidson County. Evidently, similar charges were filed in Nashville around the same time frame of the robberies in Smyrna and Brentwood.

When the crimes were committed in August of 2022, Williams was on parole for previous convictions in Nashville. In 2018, he was found guilty of extortion and coercion of a witness. In that case, his official sentence was scheduled to end in August of year 2030.

Currently, Williams remains behind bars unable to pay bond. He is awaiting upcoming court appearances in Williamson, Davidson and Rutherford Counties.

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