Suspect in custody after East Nashville homicide

Posted at 7:38 AM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 09:36:23-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A suspect is in custody after a shooting in East Nashville claimed the life of a 19-year-old.

According to the Davidson County Sheriff's Office, 40-year-old Theymous Hicks was booked into jail shortly before 2 a.m. Friday. He's charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of Rodney Bates, Jr., police say.

The incident happened Wednesday around 10:15 p.m. in the Cayce Homes neighborhood. Metro Nashville police said Bates was found outside building 47 with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to an Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he later died.

Police say Hicks and Bates reportedly argued earlier in the day; however, a motive remains under investigation.

This is the 46th murder in Nashville this year.

Hicks is a registered ex-con for weapons violations, with prior convictions for rape and aggravated assault. He was serving a six-year probated sentence for a 2018 cocaine possession conviction.

According to the Davidson County booking log, Hicks is also charged with violating the sex offender registry, probation violation and tampering with a monitoring device.