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UPDATE: Monday Night North Nashville Murder Suspect Arrested

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. --  A north Nashville murder suspect is behind bars.

Eric Lawler, 53, surrendered shortly before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday after he allegedly stabbed to death his friend 32-year-old Demetrish Hillman at around 5 p.m. Monday. According to Metro Police, Lawler stabbed Hillman in the neck and chest when an argument ensued after Hillman threw a brick at his car.

Lawler ran away from the scene after the altercation. Hillman died at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Police helicopters searched for Lawler from the sky overnight.
Lawler has a lengthy arrest history, including a three year sentence for a 2010 aggravated assault. Lawler is being held without bond.

According to the affidavit, Lawler is claiming self-defense.

Photo: Lawler, left; Hillman, right.

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