Convicted felon charged in cousin’s Midtown murder

Charles Rutledge (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police said Wednesday they’ve charged a convicted felon in the murder of his own cousin.

Oshay Rutledge was shot to death near Church Street in Midtown on Oct. 25. The 24-year-old was hit in the head and ran to a nearby hookah bar for help before dying at the hospital.

His cousin, 25-year-old Charles Rutledge, is now charged in his death.

According to a press release, the 25-year-old was arrested after “two months of painstaking investigation” but two Metro detectives. Rutledge was ultimately identified as the suspected shooter, which police say was supported by witness information.

It’s believed a drug-related dispute was the motive.

Rutledge was booked into the Metro jail on charges of criminal homicide. His bond amount wasn’t immediately known.

The 25-year-old was convicted on two felony drug counts in February of this year and received six-year and three-year mostly probated sentences. Police say he was on supervised probation at the time of the homicide.