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Metro Nashville 2013 Homicides at 50-year-low

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Metro Police announce a 50-year low for murders.

There were 43 recorded criminal homicides in Nashville this year, according to Metro police. That is 19 fewer victims from 2012.

"While last year's decrease in the criminal homicide total is significant, we all should consider even one murder to be too many," Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson says. While major crime numbers for 2013 won't be finalized for a few weeks, Anderson anticipates an overall decrease of approximately 2,000 major crime incidents.

In other statistics: There were 69 fewer victims compared to the city's highest murder total of 112 in 1997. And this year's total is two fewer than the previous low set back in 1963.

Three of the city's 2013 criminal homicides were crimes solved from previous years. The body of Michael Parsley was recovered from a shallow grave in Wayne County last September after being reported missing in 2009. And in January 2013, a 78-year-old patient in a Texas nursing home confessed to the beating death of the still unidentified victim whose remains were recovered in August 2002 in a wooded area behind 1207 Lebanon Pike.  Also, The Medical Examiner's Office determined the 2013 death of 1987 shooting victim Roderick Williams as being caused from complications of the 1987 wound.

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