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Police arrest murder suspect

Sinclaire Sparkman • Feb 14, 2017 at 7:57 PM

Lebanon police detectives charged a 20-year-old Goodlettsville man Tuesday for his alleged participation in the 2015 shooting death of 13-year-old C’Asia Patton, which happened at Patton's grandmother's house in Lebanon.

Marvin Andre Bryant was arrested without incident as he entered a courtroom for a hearing in an unrelated case. This is the second arrest in the Patton murder case. 

Bryant reported a Nashville address but was living in Lebanon at the time of the murder and is believed to currently live in La Vergne, police said.

Patton died Jan. 8, 2015 at 12:30 a.m. at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from a single gunshot wound she received while sleeping during a drive-by shooting Jan. 5 at her grandmother’s home at 411 Sycamore St. in Lebanon.

Joseph Christopher Hendry, 19, of Nashville, was charged in 2015 with two counts of first-degree murder, four counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal attempt in connection with the drive-by shooting.

Attorney Robert Macpherson entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Hendry, who waived his appearance, in Judge Brody Kane's court December 2015.

“Detectives have continued investigating this case since 2015 and will continue to investigate until all people involved in this senseless murder are held accountable,” Cpl. P.J. Hardy said in a statement about the arrest.

Bryant remained Tuesday night in Wilson County Jail on a $1 million bond. Police charged Bryant with two counts of first-degree murder, four counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal attempt.

Chief Mike Justice commended the perseverance of the detectives working on the case. He said the detectives brought some further closure for Patton's family, and he is confident all involved will be brought to justice and held accountable.

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