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Suspect charged in 2008 murder case

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:16 PM

The cocaine-related shooting death of a man more than five years ago in the parking lot of Tusculum Hills Baptist Church off Nolensville Pike in Nashville led to charges for 28-year-old Raul Palomo on a first-degree murder indictment.

Sean Lamont Holmes, 36, of Baptist World Center Drive, was shot to death Oct. 25, 2008 while seated in a van during what investigators found to be a significant cocaine transaction. Several bricks of cocaine were recovered from the scene, along with a large amount of cash.

Investigation by the 20th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the Homicide/Cold Case Unit and Metro Nashville police detectives led to the arrest of Palomo in September 2011 on felony cocaine counts related to the church parking lot deal. Before that case could advance, the federal government took custody of Palomo in regard to an immigration matter. The sealed murder indictment was returned while Palomo was in federal custody.  

Palomo was formally booked on the murder case Thursday following his return to the Metro Jail. He is expected to be arraigned in criminal court soon.

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