The man murdered late Tuesday night at InTown Suites’ 2823 Murfreesboro Pike location had been convicted in Criminal Court 11 days earlier of felony possession of 28 pounds of marijuana for resale and gun possession during the commission of a drug felony. Dhargham Ateia, 27, received two-year supervised probated sentences on each of the convictions, which stemmed from his arrest on July 3, 2017.
The investigation into Ateia’s murder shows that he had just arrived at the motel where he was staying. His brother, who was on the second floor, reported hearing yelling and multiple gunshots from the parking area below. Ateia was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.
At the time of the murder, Ateia was free on $30,000 bond in regard to his October 24, 2017 arrest on charges of gun possession by a convicted felon, misdemeanor drug possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. It was later determined that the semi-automatic pistol in that case was stolen. Ateia was arrested for theft of the gun in April of this year. He was released from jail without having to post a bond.
South Precinct detectives are looking closely at Ateia’s background as they work to identify the person(s) responsible for his murder.