NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A teen has been charged with two counts of homicide for two murders that happened in late 2020.
Police say Jonathan Morales-Perez, 17, has been charged with the November 16, 2020 murder of 34-year-old Alexander Presley and the December 16, 2020 murder of 22-year-old Lee Turner.
Morales-Perez was arrested Wednesday night at 10 p.m. after officers stopped his Toyota Camry for an equipment violation at the intersection of Una Antioch Pike and Hickory Hollow Parkway.
There were two 17-year-olds and a 15-year-old in the car with Morales-Perez. The car also had a strong odor of marijuana coming from it. Morales-Perez admitted to officers he had a pistol under his seat, and when police searched the car they found seven guns inside.
Police ran a record check on Morales-Perez and found he was wanted for questioning by homicide detectives. He was taken to police headquarters while the other teens were taken to juvenile detention and charged with unlawful gun possession.
While being interviewed at police headquarters, Morales-Perez admitted to being responsible for Presley’s murder as Presley sat in his car in the driveway of his Weaver Drive home, as well as Turner’s murder outside the Tornado Bus Station on Nolensville Pike.
Oswaldo Corado-Callejas, 17, is Morales-Perez’s co-defendant in both cases. He was arrested a few hours after Turner’s murder and remains in juvenile detention. Paperwork charging him with Presley’s murder is being filed, according to police.
Morales-Perez has since been charged with two counts of criminal homicide and one count of unlawful gun possession.