Suspect in two Nashville murders surrenders in Georgia

Monday, July 26, 2010 at 12:04pm

The Nashville man believed to be connected to two murders last week has turned himself in to U.S. Marshals in Georgia.

Demeko Duckworth, 30, surrendered to U.S. Marshals in a Walmart parking lot near Stone Mountain, Ga., at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation added Duckworth to its Top 10 Most Wanted list last week after police believe he stabbed his girlfriend, 30-year-old Asia Wade, to death in the home they shared on Elizabeth Road.

Wade’s family found her body locked in a back room Tuesday afternoon when they learned Wade’s four children — ages 4, 5, 6 and 9 — hadn’t made it to daycare.

Police also sought Duckworth for questioning in the last Monday night’s shooting of Clarence Goins, Wade’s cousin. Goins, 38, was shot in the head around 10 p.m. Monday, July 19, on Hillside Avenue. Goins was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died Tuesday afternoon.

A relative of Duckworth’s first contacted authorities Saturday and expressed interest in surrendering Duckworth, but that didn’t materialize then, according to Danny Shelton, deputy U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Tennessee.

The relative called marshals again on Sunday telling them, “The surrender has to happen now,” according to Shelton. Duckworth later met police at the Walmart parking lot.”

“He showed up and there was no incident. He surrendered peacefully,” Shelton said.

Duckworth was taken to Gwinnett County jail awaiting extradition by Metro police, which could happen as early as today or Tuesday, Shelton said.

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