3 juveniles, 1 adult arrested in death of Smyrna couple

Mar 09, 2020 at 09:21 am by Voice Wire

Smyrna Police Department cruiser

Four individuals are behind bars after being charged in the deaths of a Smyrna couple, according to a press release from the Smyrna Police Department.

On Feb. 29, 2020, Smyrna Police were dispatched to 7021 Bridgewater Drive and discovered Andrew Geerts and Melissa Nale dead. Investigators determined the deaths were a double homicide. 

On March 5, 2020, SPD received information regarding the murders of Geerts and Nale. This information was verified through multiple sources and four suspects were subsequently detained. Those suspects were interviewed and all four gave statements concerning their involvement in the murders.

On March 6, three juveniles and one adult, Chazz Eckford, 19, were arrested and charged with First Degree Murder, Especially Aggravated Robbery, and Aggravated Burglary.

The juveniles are being held at the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center and Eckford is being held at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.

Chazz Tyler Eckford


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