2 in custody for murder of man found on side of Rutherford County road

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two men are in custody in connection to the death of the murder of a Nashville man who was found dead on the side of a Rutherford County road.

Metro police charged Joshua Smith, 22, of Anderson Road in Antioch, with criminal homicide for his role in the shooting death of 23-year-old Luis Diaz.

A second suspect, James Simmons, 20, is incarcerated in the Rutherford County Jail for violating his probation there.  He was booked into the Metro jail Tuesday, July 28.

Diaz, of Lebanon Pike, was found shot to death Wednesday morning in Rockvale, Tennessee.

Authorities said confirmation of his identity will be made through DNA testing.

Investigators believe that Smith set up a drug deal with Diaz and met him, along with two other men, in the parking lot of a grocery store on Old Smith Springs Road on July 7.

Smith and one of the other individuals are believed to have gotten into Diaz’s H2 Hummer.

According to police, they are alleged to have then traveled to Smith’s nearby Anderson Road residence where Smith claims the other man fatally wounded Diaz.

Diaz’s uncle reported him missing July 8 after last seeing him the morning before. His H2 Hummer was found Monday this week in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Hopkinsville police notified Metro police after seeing the car was linked to a missing person out of Nashville.

Further investigation by Metro police’s homicide and cold case unit led them believe Diaz’s body was in the Rockvale area. Rutherford County authorities then assisted in finding his remains.

Smith was booked into the Metro Jail without bond pending a hearing.

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