Body found in East Nashville apartment; Man charged

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An East Nashville man was charged with criminal homicide Monday after police say the body of another man was found inside his apartment.

Charles Clayton, 52, was booked into the Metro jail and is being held in lieu of $500,000.

According to Metro detectives, he’s accused in the death of Jared Morrell, who was found inside Clayton’s Porter Road residence with trauma to his body.

Charles Clayton (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Charles Clayton (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

An affidavit says someone told police Clayton confessed to killing Morrell after Morrell made sexual advances toward him.

Clayton also reportedly told the informant he needed help getting rid of the body and needed to borrow tools to do so.

Police said Clayton was not at the home when police found Morrell’s body, but officers located him at a nearby market. He reportedly declined to be interviewed by detectives after his arrest Monday.