Suspect wanted in J.C. Napier complex murder surrenders

Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 2:06pm
Staff reports

The man wanted by police in the Nov. 2 murder of 22-year-old Randy Claybrooks in the J.C. Napier public housing development surrendered to officers Wednesday night.

Kenneth Dewayne Lyons, 27, surrendered after an officer from the Metro Nashville Police Department Fugitive Task Force contacted acquaintances of Lyons, who were later able to convince Lyons to turn himself in.

Police issued an arrest warrant for Lyons two days after the shooting and a grand jury later indicted him on a first-degree murder charge. He is now being held in lieu of $1.5 million bond.

Police said witnesses at the time reported seeing Lyons shoot Claybrooks several times during a fight between the two around 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 in front of the South Side Market on Lafayette Street. Claybrooks was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.

At the time of the murder, police said Lyons was free on $154,000 bond for a March arrest for selling cocaine to undercover detectives. He has previous convictions for felon in possession of a handgun, cocaine sales, domestic assault and resisting arrest.

2 Comments on this post:

By: gid on 3/24/11 at 12:35

He was arrested this Month (March) for a wide variety of charges, gets out of jail and murders. Sad

By: rbull on 3/25/11 at 8:48

How could this dude post bond of $154,000 and get out of jail? His cocaine business must have been real good and "thugs" like him should not be on the streets of any city in the United States. Pul the "thug" under the prision and never let him out.