15-year-old homicide suspect ‘Little Rico’ in custody after turning himself in to police

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knoxville police said the 15-year-old suspect in a Knoxville double homicide is in custody after turning himself in Sunday morning.

Rico “Little Rico” Cook faces charges for first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and especially aggravated robbery.

Police were called to Lot C of Montgomery Village Apartments, 1401 Joe Lewis Road, around 1:25 p.m. Thursday for a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they found Sergio Rivera, 18; Jaloen Morris, 18, both of Decatur, Michigan; and Damien Lee, 16, of Knoxville, inside a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds.

Rivera and Morris were both killed. One was dead when officers arrived and the other died during treatment. Police say the two had traveled to Knoxville from Michigan to conduct a deal for high-grade marijuana. Lee is recovering from non-life threatening injuries.

A second suspect, Deon Nolbert, 17, was arrested Thursday night. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, and three counts of especially aggravated robbery. He is being held in the Richard L. Bean Juvenile Detention Center.

A man taken into custody at the scene for questioning was arrested on unrelated charges.

Cook is being held at the Richard L. Bean Juvenile Detention Center.

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