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Citizen's Tip Leads to Arrest of Martez Parham; Rodrecus Smith Remains at Large


April 16, 2014


A citizen’s tip led to this afternoon’s arrest of convicted felon Martez Parham, 22, who was wanted for being an accessory after the fact for the October 30, 2013 shooting death of Mario McKnight.
Acting on information provided by a citizen, North Precinct officers stopped the driver of a red Dodge Charger on Charlotte Avenue near I-40.  Parham, a front seat passenger, was taken into custody without incident.  He was interviewed by West Precinct detectives prior to being booked into the Metro Jail. 
A second man, convicted felon Rodrecus Smith, is still being sought for Mario McKnight’s murder.  Smith, 25, is under indictment for the shooting death of McKnight in the vicinity of 12th Avenue South & Argyle Avenue. McKnight, 35, was killed while riding in the rear of a dry cleaning van. It is believed that he and the van’s driver were trying to flee a street robbery related to a nearby dice game.
Investigation by Detective Shane Stokes led to the identification of Smith and Parham as suspects. 
In addition to the murder and robbery counts associated with the McKnight case, Smith is also wanted for felony probation violation, domestic assault, vandalism and failure 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 in 2012 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, who is last known to have lived on Stockell Street, is considered to be dangerous and potentially armed.
Anyone seeing Smith 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.

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