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Nashville murder suspect caught in St. Petersburg, police say

The hunt for a 42-year-old man wanted in the murder of his wife ended in St. Petersburg, according to Nashville authorities.

ST. PETERSBURG — A 42-year-old Nashville man wanted in the murder of his wife was captured late Wednesday in the Tampa Bay area, according to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.

Ronald Dickens, 42, faces a homicide charge in the death of his wife, Shawnton Clay. The 30-year-old woman was found dead in their home this past weekend, police said.

She failed to return messages and show up for work this past weekend. Family members found her dead on Saturday, according to the Tennessean. She had suffered “obvious trauma," the newspaper reported.

Dickens was captured in St. Petersburg by deputy U.S. marshals and Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputies, according to Nashville authorities. No other details about his capture were released, including the time and location of his capture or whether he was captured without incident. The Sheriff’s Office did not release any information about this case.

Dickens was wanted for questioning in her death, the Tennessean reported. He was believed to have fled the state in his wife’s 2017 black Toyota Camry. The car and keys were both missing when she was discovered, the newspaper reported.