Man charged with murder after burned body found near downtown Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A man has been charged with criminal homicide after a body was discovered badly burned at the scene of a fire near downtown Nashville Wednesday morning.

David Williams, 27, was arrested and booked into the Metro jail late Wednesday night, where he was held on a $250,000 bond.

David Williams
David Williams (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Metro police said they were contacted around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday that “burned human remains” were found by the Nashville Fire Department at a torched campsite near the area of Sixth Avenue South and Division Street. At the time of the discovery, firefighters had returned to investigate and clean-up from a fire at the location earlier in the day.

An arrest warrant states an investigation was launched and people near the campsite were able to identify Williams as a suspect. When detectives questioned Williams, the paperwork alleges he admitted to being involved in a fight with the victim at the campsite and striking the victim with a machete.

Metro police said Thursday night they had tentatively identified the victim as Rodney McCoy, 55. The department explained the Medical Examiner’s Office would work with McCoy’s brother to confirm his identity through DNA analysis.

The investigation is ongoing.

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