Karlus Branch (2)MNPD Special Response Team officers, with the assistance of Murfreesboro Police and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, this afternoon arrested accused murderer Karlus Branch inside a room at the Knights Inn on S. Church Street in Murfreesboro.

The Special Response Team, which had focused on locating Branch for the past several days, developed information today that he was likely in Murfreesboro. After confirming his presence at the motel, Rutherford County authorities were notified and joined in approaching Branch’s room. He was taken into custody without incident as he emerged from the restroom.

Branch, 20, is being charged with criminal homicide for the May 9th fatal shooting of Ronnie Foxx, 20, in the 600 block of S. 7th Street in the James Cayce Homes. The investigation shows that the shooting stemmed from an argument earlier in the day. According to witnesses, Branch confronted Foxx outside an apartment just after 8 p.m. and shot him. Foxx, who was visiting his girlfriend, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died. The couple’s three-year old child was present at the time of the shooting.

Branch, of Joseph Avenue, was arrested in November 2014 on multiple charges after shots were fired on South 5th Street in Cayce Homes. One man was struck in the leg and some of the rounds entered an apartment. Four counts of aggravated assault and one count of felony reckless endangerment are still pending against Branch in that case. He is scheduled to appear in Criminal Court in October. In 2013, Branch was charged as a juvenile (17-year-old) with aggravated robbery. He was accused of robbing a man of more than $400 on S. 8th Street in Cayce homes. The case was transferred to Criminal Court, where Branch was convicted of attempted robbery in December 2014. He received a two-year sentence.