Police make arrest in murder of MBA custodian

Monday, June 14, 2010 at 6:34pm
Staff reports

Metro police officers arrested Gai Kuot on Monday on a grand jury indictment charging him with first-degree murder for the shooting death of his roommate, Malith Wiek, who was a custodian at Montgomery Bell Academy.

Wiek, one of the original “Lost Boys of the Sudan,” was making a new life for himself in Nashville after he fled his homeland of Sudan in 1998 to escape genocide.

A school bus driver found his lifeless body April 21 next to a fence at the corner of 42nd Avenue North and Indiana Avenue. His car was found that afternoon in an alley in East Nashville.

Wiek and Kuot, both from Sudan, shared an apartment on Maudina Avenue.

Police said the investigation led to evidence that Kuot was involved, but they didn’t release any details on what linked him to the murder.

Kuot was arrested without incident at a west Nashville retailer where he worked as a temporary employee. He is being held without bond pending a hearing in Criminal Court.

Police said additional arrests are expected.