Man Charged With Murder In Ben Allen Road Shooting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A 30-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder after a fatal shooting on Ben Allen Road.

Police said 34-year-old Shamar Lewis was shot and killed on February 20 behind an apartment building.

A continuing investigation led to the indictment of Jemario Askew who was free on bond on multiple charges when the murder took place.

Askew had been arrested on April 17 for failure to appear in court.

Authorities confirmed Askew was booked on the murder charge Saturday while still in jail. He was being held without bond.

An investigation showed Askew and Lewis knew each other. They reportedly met at Cobblestone Corners Apartments on the night of the fatal shooting.

Officials said robbery appeared to be the motive for the murder.

In August 2016, Askew was arrested on charges of felony cocaine possession and unlawfully having guns. He bonded out of jail.

He was then arrested in February 2017 on a felony cocaine charge, and he again bonded out of jail.

Then in April 2017, Askew was arrested on charges of unlawful gun possession, DUI, and theft and bonded out of jail.

Again in December 2017, he was arrested on two counts of felony aggravated assault and one count of simple assault, and he again bonded out of jail.

Askew has been scheduled to appear in Criminal Court Wednesday on a number of earlier charges.

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