Metro Health Dept. Dr. Found Dead In Apartment

Posted at 4:20 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 00:13:59-05

A Metro Health Department doctor was found dead in her Belle Meade apartment after her husband walked into a Metro precinct to turn himself in for the crime.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said the investigation started after William Thomas-Trudo, 44, walked into a police station around 1 p.m. Thursday with a cut on his hand and said he had just killed his wife.

“He walked into the West Precinct, and essentially said he was there to surrender, or turn himself in,” said Don Aaron, Spokesperson for the Metro Police Department.  “He declined to answer any further questions.”

After Thomas-Trudo admitted to the murder of his wife, officers immediately took him into custody.

Police arrived at an apartment building at 527 Belle Meade Boulevard and found Dr. Sandra Thomas-Trudo, 53, stabbed multiple times in a bedroom in apartment B4.

Police said she was a doctor and Chief Epidemiologist for the Metro Health Department.

After hearing the news, Dr. Bill Paul, Director of Health at the Metro Public Health Department released a statement: “We were notified this evening by the Metro Nashville Police Department about the death of our friend and colleague, Dr. Sandra Thomas-Trudo.  Dr. Thomas-Trudo was an intelligent, passionate public health professional and a valued member of our team, and she will be missed.  Our thoughts are with her family during this difficult time.”

It was unclear when the murder took place. Officers took William Thomas-Trudo to Nashville General Hospital for treatment for the cut on his hand.

The MNPD Domestic Violence Division said there were no prior instances of disputes involving the couple.

Officials charged Thomas-Trudo with first degree murder with a bond set at $1 million.