2 Indicted In February Murder Of Nashville Man

Posted at 5:40 AM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 08:37:30-04

Two suspects have been indicted in connection with the murder of a Nashville man who was fatally shot in front of his daughter. 

Officials with Metro Nashville Police said Algernon Cross was fatally shot in February during a drug deal in the Priest Lake community. His teenage daughter was there at the time and witnessed the shooting. 

According to police, 38-year-old Latasha Starks was arrested Tuesday night in La Vergne on a 1st degree murder indictment.

Her co-defendant, 36-year-old Jerome Sawyers, was already in federal custody in Arkansas.

He's also facing a 1st degree murder indictment. Sawyers was previously charged with tampering of evidence in the case.

Investigators said the victim stopped in a parking lot on Bell Road to buy marijuana. As he was getting out of his car to talk with the suspects, he was shot in the head.

Cross had multiple felony cocaine convictions and was out on parole.

Sawyers was on scene when detectives arrived. Detectives said Sawyers had gone through Cross's pockets after he was shot and then walked to a creek that runs behind the parking lot where he lobbed something into the water.

Both he and Starks remained in jail as of Wednesday morning.