Police name suspect in double murder

Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 7:23pm
Staff reports

Metro Police detectives have charged Ryan Oneal White in connection with Tuesday morning’s fatal shooting of James Truitt inside a residence at 815 N. Second St.

White, 20, is believed to have shot Truitt just before 1 a.m. while attempting to rob him, police said.

Truitt, 24, who according to police was involved in a dice game at the time, died after being driven to Skyline Medical Center in a minivan, which left after dropping him off.

Police say Artrell Wade, 21, who also was fatally shot, was involved in the same dice game. He was found in the front yard of the home and was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt.

Charges have not been filed in connection to Wade's murder.

Detectives are also seeking McKinley Kenny Martin, 29, for questioning in connection with the murders.

It is believed that Martin was present when the gunfire erupted and has information about the circumstances. Martin is a convicted burglar, thief and vandal.

Murder suspect White has three misdemeanor drug convictions as an adult.

Victims Truitt and Wade had recent felony cocaine convictions.

Anyone seeing White or Martin is urged to contact the Emergency Communications Center at 862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.


2 Comments on this post:

By: eastnashville37207 on 9/18/09 at 7:50

The famous spot of the famous "EAST NASHVILLE INTERVENTION PROGRAM" a.k.a. "Hug A Thug.
East Nashville Police only took a few runners off the street but never removed these felons living illegally nor the main Drug Dealers out of the neighborhoods as they should have.

If the Supreme Court Ruling (Hud vs Rucker) states no felons living in government assisted rentals than why does MDHA and the MNPD allow this to continue. MDHA is of course affiliated with Acorn so what else could one expect except more crime.

What's most troubling is that Nashville's law enforcement (MNPD) does absolutely nothing and is as guilty as those who commited the crime. Why have law enforcement if they only pick and choose what crime to enforce.

This is right behind Council Person Pam Murrays house and has gone on for years and of course who could forget the "Open Drug Market" that Murray has also ignored. Cheif Serpas was also asked and ignored the laws.

By: harrystatel on 9/20/09 at 9:07

Homies lookin' mighty fine and bettin’ on the dice,
Other homies got tee'd off, and fired once or twice.
Two went down, dead as hell, and now I'm mighty sad,
With all the others standing round, why was their aim was bad?

All the baby's daddies scattered like leaves in fall
Gangsta's lookin' for cover, brave homies one and all.
Now the shooters are chillin', hiding from the cops,
Waiting for Obama to send them all some props.

Obama says, “Become a Community Activist, protest your lot in life,
While having lots of babies, don’t bother with a wife.
Pay no ‘tention to right and wrong, be a pain in the neck,
All I need to know is, where to send your welfare check”.