Nashville double murder suspect surrenders to police

James Simpson (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A suspect wanted in the murder of a man and his stepson in the Katie Hill neighborhood in northeast Nashville surrendered to police Saturday morning.

Metro police said 29-year-old James L. Simpson surrendered at police headquarters just before 8 a.m.

Simpson was wanted in connection to the shooting. Ballistics testing by authorities linked Simpson to the crime scene.

L to R: Keon Hawkins, Kemontanez Armstrong (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
L to R: Keon Hawkins, Kemontanez Armstrong (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Police said Keon Hawkins, 32, and his stepson, Kemontanez Armstrong, 22, were shot during an apparent exchange of gunfire outside a home they were visiting around 11:30 a.m. in the 1300 block of Bessie Ave., just off Brick Church Pike.

Hawkins, who was armed with a handgun, was found dead next to a SUV. He is the father of Keon Malone, who was 11 years old when he was shot in the head by a stray bullet in the same neighborhood in March 2015.

Armstrong was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.

Simpson, a convicted felon for multiple drug offenses, also has prior convictions for felon in possession of a handgun and evading arrest.

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