Crime Stoppers tip leads to arrest of man wanted for murder

Friday, October 7, 2011 at 12:01pm
Staff reports

The man police believe murdered a 20-year-old last weekend in the James Cayce public housing development is in jail after his Thursday-night arrest in Murfreesboro.

Metro police, with help from Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office personnel, arrested Charzelle Swafford, 21, at a Courtland Street home in Murfreesboro.

Police said it was a Crime Stoppers tip that led to Swafford’s arrest. Police sought Swafford after the shooting death of Dejuantae Moore Saturday afternoon at a 604 Sylvan St. apartment.

According to police, Swafford and Moore got into an argument Friday night. Afterward, Swafford allegedly knocked on the apartment’s back door shortly after noon on Saturday and opened fire on Moore when he opened the door.

Swafford then allegedly shot 15-year-old Taurus Williams before running upstairs and trying to shoot three other teens in the apartment. The gun, however, failed to fire.

Moore died at the scene. Williams is still listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

Police charged Swafford with four counts of attempted murder aside from the criminal homicide charge. He is in jail on $600,000 bond.  

3 Comments on this post:

By: phkauf on 10/7/11 at 11:17

Dejuantae.....Charzelle....Taurus...where do they get these names..??

By: JakeNashville on 10/7/11 at 1:39

TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU PHKAUF! The mothers of all these guys should be arrested for giving them such rediculous names to begin with. I would probably be pissed off enough to kill people too if my mohther had named me after alphabet soup letters in a spoon.

By: bfra on 10/7/11 at 2:33

I would probably be pissed off enough to kill people too if my mohther had named me after alphabet soup letters in a spoon.
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Best description I have heard for what these people do with names!