Gerry Neil Weatherby, 45, is in the Metro Jail on charges of first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping for the July 2018 homicide of Daniel Shields, 30, inside Shields’ 5100 Delaware Avenue home.
Weatherby was brought to Nashville from Waynesboro following his arrest Tuesday by deputies from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. Information developed by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force led to Weatherby’s apprehension. The sealed murder indictment naming him was returned by the Davidson County grand jury in March.
Officers conducting a welfare check found Shields’ decomposing body inside his bloody apartment last July 10th. Shields’ employer called police after not seeing him for several days. West Precinct detectives subsequently determined that Shields was last seen at 9:30 p.m. on July 4th leaving the Trax bar on Ensley Boulevard. Shields’ missing SUV was located at a South Nashville motel on the morning of July 12th. Shields’ death was attributed to “multimodality trauma” and ruled a homicide by the Medical Examiner.
MNPD Laboratory analysis of evidence from the crime scene led to the identification of Weatherby as a suspect.
Weatherby has convictions in Nashville for attempted aggravated robbery, theft, prostitution, and criminal impersonation, and in Wayne County for theft.
Weatherby’s bond is set at $150,000.