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2nd Suspect Charged In Fatal Drug-Related Shooting

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Posted at 5:54 AM, Jul 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 08:36:21-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A second suspect has been charged in connection with an apparent drug-related shooting.

Officials with Metro Police said James Simmons was officially charged with criminal homicide Wednesday morning. He was already in jail on a probation violation.

Simmons has been accused of murdering Luis Diaz, dumping his body in Rutherford County and hiding his car in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. His body was found in Rockvale on July 16.

Police said he and Joshua Smith set up a drug deal with Diaz who was last seen leaving his job at the Sonic restaurant on Murfreesboro Pike.

When officers found Diaz's car, they said there was evidence on the scene that connected these two men with Diaz's murder.

Police think the two suspects and Diaz set up a drug deal that ended with Smith and Simmons killing Diaz and dumping his body.