MUG - Joseph D. Smith - 1/23/20

Joseph D. Smith has been charged with criminal homicide by Metro Police. (Photo: Metro Nashville Police Department)


NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Police have made an arrest in connection with a fatal shooting last Friday in an alley behind an apartment on Taylor Street.

Joseph D. Smith, 51, has been charged with criminal homicide in the fatal shooting of James Span.

According to witnesses, Span, 51, and the suspect got into an argument inside the apartment and both were asked to leave. A short time later, gunshots were heard. Officers found Span in the driver’s seat of a Dodge minivan. He died at the scene.

Police said Smith, who is homeless, was convicted of second degree murder in 1988.

Reported previously

Man found dead in van after shooting on Taylor Street

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