Teen charged with 2 counts of homicide in Nashville; 7 guns recovered from car after arrest

Posted at 11:46 AM, May 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-06 17:37:26-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A 17-year-old has been charged with two counts of homicide in connection with two separate killings in 2020.

Metro police said in a tweet Thursday that Jonathan Morales-Perez was arrested during a traffic stop Wednesday night.

Officers said Morales-Perez was driving a Toyota Camry that was pulled over for an equipment violation. When officers asked if he had anything illegal in the car, police said Morales-Perez admitted to having a pistol under his seat. Ultimately, seven guns were recovered from the car.

Metro police said Morales-Perez's record was then checked, showing he was wanted for questioning by homicide detectives.

Police said he’s accused of killing of Alexander Presley back on November 16, 2020. The 34-year-old died after he was shot in his car outside his Weaver Drive residence.

Morales-Perez is also accused of shooting and killing 22-year-old Lee V. Turner Jr. back on December 16, 2020. Turner was shot and killed outside the Tornado Bus Station in South Nashville. One other suspect, 16-year-old Oswaldo Corado-Callejas, was also arrested in connection with the latter shooting.

During an interview at police headquarters, Morales-Perez admitted to taking part in the deadly shootings, according to Metro police.