Hearing set for murder of homeless man

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Charles Lee Warner

A preliminary hearing is set July 1 in General Sessions Court to hear first-degree murder charges against a homeless man charged with killing another homeless person found in Lytle Creek, according to court documents.

Charles Lee Warner, of Murfreesboro and Nashville, is charged with killing Emad Kadhim Al Azraki, whose body was seen floating partially submerged May 12 in the creek near downtown Murfreesboro.

A preliminary hearing in General Sessions will determine whether charges against Warner should be bound over to the grand jury. He was to be taken to Nashville for a mental evaluation, according to a court official.

Investigation by Murfreesboro Police determined that Warner killed Al Azraki sometime between May 3 and May 12, according to the arrest warrant. The victim was not immediately identified but was later confirmed to be Al Azraki. The state Medical Examiner’s Office determined that he was murdered.

Facts and evidence revealed that Warner was responsible for the intentional and premeditated murder, according to MPD. He was arrested without incident with assistance of Metro Police.

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