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Fugitive Sought for Questioning in October 30th Murder of Mario McKnight


November 15, 2013


A Nashville fugitive wanted for felony probation violation, domestic assault and vandalism is now also being sought for questioning in connection with the October 30th murder of Mario McKnight in the vicinity of 12th Avenue South and Argyle Avenue.
The name of Rodrecus Smith, 25, continues to surface in the investigation.  Smith, who is last known to have lived on Stockell Street, has been a fugitive since June when he failed to appear in court on charges of gun possession by a convicted felon, drug possession and resisting arrest.  The probation violation stems from Smith’s convictions last year on two counts of aggravated assault, one count of reckless endangerment and one count of vehicle theft.  He received three six-year sentences and one two-year sentence, most of which were probated.  Smith is considered to be dangerous and possibly armed.
Detectives are also seeking convicted kidnapper and robber Martez Parham, 21, for questioning in the McKnight murder case.  Parham’s name has also come to the attention of police.  He is last known to have lived on Simpkins Road.
Efforts by several police department components to locate Smith and Parham have been unsuccessful thus far.  Anyone seeing them or knowing their whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.  Citizens can also send an electronic tip to Crime Stoppers by texting the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at  Persons who contact Crime Stoppers by phone, text or Internet can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.
McKnight was killed on the night of October 30th while a passenger in a dry cleaning van.  It is believed he and the van’s driver were trying to flee a street robbery related to a nearby dice game.


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