Murfreesboro police detectives charge second man in March homicide

Jun 23, 2021 at 12:30 pm by Voice Wire

Three months after a violent murder on South University and Sevier streets, a second man has been charged by Murfreesboro Police detectives.

Dimetrius Raymond Ford, 28, will be served warrants for first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder once he’s transferred to Rutherford County.

Ford was arrested by federal agents in Detroit, Michigan in late March. He was transferred to the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex in Pikeville, Tennessee on a parole violation in late April. Ford was recently moved to the Northwest Correctional Complex in Lake County where he is being held without bond.

Ford is believed to have been the driver of the first get-away vehicle the night of the murder of Carlos Vazquez, 26, on March 14. A woman was grazed by a bullet during the gunfire, Detective Sgt. James Abbott said. Ford was able to flee the police and was on the run until his arrest. 

Suspect Markeace Perkins, 25, was arrested on the night of the shooting an dcharged with first-degree murder of Vazquez and attempted murder of the woman grazed by a bullet.

After the shooting, officers tried to stop Perkins who was in stolen vehicle, but he refused and allegedly stole another vehicle while trying to escape. Perkins allegedly attempted to steal a third vehicle before being arrested.

He was accused of hitting four other drivers while attempting to get away. None of the drivers were injured. 

Perkins was taken into custody after going airborne and crashing down an embankment at the corner of Middle Tennessee and Samsonite boulevards. He suffered facial injuries in the crash and was taken to the hospital, treated, and released, before being taken to jail.

Perkins was charged also with unlawful possession of a weapon while committing a felony, reckless endangerment, theft, and vandalism.

Perkins has a court hearing in Rutherford County General Sessions Court on August 10.

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