Metro Police charge man currently behind bars for rape in 1996 murder investigation

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro Police have booked a man on murder charges in the 1996 death of a then 19-year-old man in South Nashville.

According to MNPD, 48-year-old James T. Manning shot and killed Jacques A. Smith on June 11, 1996, on Little Hamilton Avenue in the Chestnut Hill area. An investigation by Cold Case Detective Mike Roland led to Manning’s indictment.

Investigators found Smith dead on the afternoon of June 11, 1996 from multiple gunshot wounds to the head. It is believed robbery was the motive in the shooting.

Manning was serving time at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center for aggravated rape out of Putnam County in the late 1990s.

 

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