Police charge man in early Tuesday morning murder at homeless camp

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6:43pm
Staff reports
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Kelly Grimm

Metro Nashville Police Department detectives charged Kelly Grimm, 39, with criminal homicide and aggravated assault in connection to an overnight attack on two men at a homeless camp in South Nashville.

James Clinard, 54, was killed and 47-year-old Brian Benson was injured and transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Police allege the three men were drinking beer and eating hotdogs early Tuesday at a homeless camp near Bass and Vine Streets. Benson told investigators Grimm attacked Clinard with a long, blunt object.

According to police, Grimm then turned to Benson and attacked him, too. Benson was able to walk to a nearby convenience store and call police around 2 a.m.

Officers arrested Grimm when they arrived at the scene. He is in jail on $1 million bond. Police has not determined a motive for the attack.

3 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 4/25/12 at 7:46

Just another sweet, warm, "homeless" person. Let's cal them what they are: violent, drunken bums.

By: yucchhii on 4/27/12 at 2:42

yucchhii Hey Jughead, that's a great name for you as you ARE a JUGhead!! How about we call you what YOU are...a 100% PURE USDA PRIME CHOICE IDIOT!!! I am willing to place ANY amount of $$$ that you have been in contact with many homeless people and NEVER even knew it!!! I believe you are even a BIGGER BUM that most of these homeless people!!! You want to classify "ALL" homeless as bums when you have NO CLUE about what a lot of these people go through because of "IDIOTS LIKE YOU"!!! I am also willing to bet that you have the mentality that YOU will never be homeless!! Be sure to get rid of that attitude when you wind up staying at the Nashville rescue mission!! That would NOT be a healthy attitude to have THERE!! Then when you see that people at the rescue mission PURPOSELY, INTENTIONALLY make it hard to get on your feet. Also when you see that politicians like the DISHONERABLE MAYOR KARL DINK makes it hard for any homeless to make any progress getting back on their feet. If he REALLY did care, there would be a lot more going on to help homeless get on their feet. But, instead they get PUREBRED IDIOTS LIKE YOU that would rather put them down and ridicule them than help. You ARE a part of the problem and NOT a part of the solution!!! You really thing your IDIOTIC REMARKS are going to arradicate to situation??? You have a second thing comming...IDIOT!!!!

By: RaisedByRobots on 4/28/12 at 9:07

Yucchii, if anyone would be a idiot it's you, let's face it you probably live in some rich neighborhood out in green hills and when you visit the city you feel emotion toward homeless. If you lived in the city and delt with them on a daily basis of constantly being harassed for money when someone like me works there ass off and can barely pay there rent you might see it differently, some not all act out very rashional towards a no I can't help you. To be honest I would feel threatened by one in a alleyway late at night, I've gave them food and on my walk back saw that be traded or beer or cigarettes.. So you tell me is really wrong to call them drunken bums and give them what I don't have so they can drink and get more viloent? Maybe for you just not for me.