Springfield man arrested in cold case homicide

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Springfield man was arrested in a cold case homicide from 2009.

Police officers took Quinton Leavell, 26, into custody without incident on Jan. 9. He and his brother, Ralphael Leavell, 27, are accused of killing 54-year-old Richard McCreary on Dec. 22 of that year.

While investigating McCreary’s death at 2302 South Main Street, authorities determined that he died from a single gunshot wound.

The Leavell brothers and several others were named as suspects during the initial investigation; however, officials did not have enough evidence for a conviction.

In October 2010, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives developed information in the case and contacted the Springfield Police Department. During a joint investigation, authorities determined that the Leavell brothers killed McCreary during a botched robbery.

In December 2014, the case was presented to a Federal Grand Jury for the Middle Tennessee District and indictments were returned against both brothers.

Quinton Leavell was turned over to ATF after he was taken into custody. He’s now being held in a Federal Detention Facility.

Police are continuing to look for Ralphael Leavell. He is being sought on federal charges in connection to this case and is believed to be hiding in Nashville or Clarksville.

Ralphael is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds.

Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts should contact ATF, Springfield Police at 615-384-8422 or Crime Stoppers at 615-382-3799.



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