Upcoming Jury Trial Scheduled for Murfreesboro Suspect in Alleged Murder of Uncle

Mar 05, 2024 at 07:30 am by WGNS News

Carmen De la Cruz, above left

Murfreesboro, TN – In August of 2020, Carmen De la Cruz, a 28-year-old resident of Murfreesboro, was arrested and accused of fatally stabbing his uncle, Gregorio Zetino. The incident transpired following a heated argument between the two at a residence in the 1800 block of Fowler Street, as detailed by Murfreesboro Police.


According to reports, the argument escalated, leading to a tragic outcome with the loss of Mr. Zetino's life. First responders rushed to the scene on Fowler Street, where they made valiant efforts to save the victim. After administering medical aid at the scene, the victim was transported to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. The MPD later confirmed that Mr. Zetino, who was in his early forties, was pronounced dead shortly after the unfortunate event.

The gravity of the situation intensified when Carmen De la Cruz reportedly fled the scene in a Ford Explorer, which he subsequently crashed less than half a mile away on Sherrill Boulevard. While authorities worked to address the crash, Cruz managed to escape on foot. However, a determined police K-9 successfully tracked him down at an apartment complex on Dill Lane, a mere 0.8 miles from the crash site. De la Cruz was taken into custody and has been behind bars and awaiting trial since the night of his uncles death.

Carmen De la Cruz, who is now 32-years-old, is scheduled to appear in the courtroom of Judge Barry Tidwell. This tragic incident has left a lasting impact on the family of Mr. Zetino and the upcoming trial may lead to some sort of a closure. The date of the jury trial is on the books for May 13, 2024, in the Rutherford County Circuit Courts.

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