Smyrna resident arrested for Nashville Murder

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Shatara Evette Jones in the custody of Officer Spencer Pittman. Back

The confessed trigger person in Friday evening's murder of 14-year-old Ladarrius Gentry at Knollcrest Apartments on Creekwood Drive is in custody and will be charged this afternoon with criminal homicide.

Shatara Evette Jones, 25, of Rock Springs Road in Smyrna, was brought to the Madison Precinct this morning by MNPD Officer & Reverend James Duke, the department's chaplain, who received a telephone call from Jones' mother. Duke spoke with Shatara Jones over the telephone and arranged to pick her up.

In an interview at the precinct with Detectives Chris Cote and Jamie Bledsoe, Jones admitted to firing the shots that fatally wounded Gentry. She acknowledged that she was acquainted with Gentry and said that she had come to the apartment complex to make a drug purchase from him. She said a dispute arose when Gentry walked up to the van she was riding in, resulting in the gunfire.

The driver of the maroon Dodge Caravan in which Jones was riding came forward this afternoon and has been interviewed. He is deemed to be a witness in the murder case and is not being charged presently.

An autopsy this morning showed that Gentry was shot three times. He died upon arrival at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Friday evening. Gentry lived on Meadow Hill Drive in Bordeaux, about five miles from Knollcrest Apartments.



Metro Nashville Police Dept.


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