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Posted on: October 3, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Two teenagers arrested in connection to Gunnerson Avenue fatal shooting

Corey Lillard Jr. Mug Shot

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD) detectives and patrol officers arrest two teens in connection to the homicide of Javarius Malone that occurred on Gunnerson Ave. Sunday, Sept. 27.

Corey Lillard, Jr., 18, and a 17-year-old male juvenile were both charged with first-degree murder Saturday, Oct. 3.  Lillard was hiding in a closet in a Center Pointe Dr. home when officers made the arrest.  Police detained the juvenile as he was walking on Old Lascassas Road. Detectives arrest the 17-year-old after interviewing him.

"Detective Cody Thomas and other detectives in the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and Forensic Service Unit put in an enormous amount of time to clear this case with two arrests," said CID Sergeant/Detective James Abbott. "The COPS and Directed Patrol Units also to be recognized for their assistance in actively looking for and locating persons of interest and suspects, and eventually serving search warrants." 

Lillard is in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on a $300,000 bond.  The 17-year-old is in custody at the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center.

September 28, 2020

Victim of Sunday night homicide identified; police still searching for suspect

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. –  A 32-year-old man shot and killed on Gunnerson Avenue Sunday night, Sept. 27, has been identified as Javarius Malone.  Police are attempting to identify a possible suspect.

Murfreesboro Police Department officers responded to the scene to find Malone shot once in the chest Sunday night, just before 11:30 p.m.  He was pronounced deceased at Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

No suspect information was immediately available.

The case is investigation by Criminal Investigations Division detectives.

If you have any information that could help solve this case, please contact Detective Cody Thomas as 629-201-5537 or email

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