Metro Police Department SWAT officers assigned to the Special Response Team Tuesday night arrested 18-year-old accused murderer Marquez Mallard as he walked in the 1000 block of Sharpe Avenue.
Mallard is charged with the Oct. 27, 2010, fatal shooting of Tennessee State University student Jonathan Finley. Finley, 24, was with two other men inside an SUV when the three arrived at a Jefferson Street residence. They reported seeing a burglar, subsequently identified as Mallard, coming from the rear. Fearing for their safety, they drove off. Mallard is alleged to have fired several shots at the vehicle, killing Finley, who was seated in the rear passenger seat.
Metro police said Mallard was armed with an unloaded semi-automatic pistol at the time of his arrest.
Mallard was convicted of aggravated burglary on Oct. 14, 2010, and received a three-year probated sentence.
Mallard is now being held without bond in the Metro Jail on charges of criminal homicide, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, auto theft (the car he got out of Tuesday was stolen, police said) and unlawful weapon possession by a convicted felon.