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A man is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning after his father was found dead Saturday morning, according to a Tuesday afternoon news release from the Jackson Police Department.

The release said 29-year-old Clayton Nelson was charged by police in the murder of his 57-year-old father Jeffrey Nelson. Jeffrey Nelson was found dead inside his duplex on Westwood Avenue Saturday morning.

Clayton Nelson, who remained in custody at the Madison County Jail Tuesday night, is scheduled to be formally arraigned in Jackson City Court, via video link, at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Clayton Nelson will be arraigned on a charge for first-degree murder (a Class A felony) in perpetration of theft.

Police also said Clayton Nelson will also be arraigned on an unrelated charge of felony theft for stealing a television last week from the person residing in the opposite side of the duplex from Jeffrey Nelson.

The release said a family member of Jeffrey Nelson contacted the department around 7:30 a.m. Saturday after the relative became concerned about his welfare. When officers arrived at the duplex, located at 809 Westwood Ave., and found the side door ajar. Officers checked inside, finding no signs of forced entry, and found Nelson dead from an apparent homicide.

Police said their investigation showed that Clayton Nelson fatally beat and stabbed his father inside the duplex, took his father's cell phone and laptop computer, and left the duplex in his father's black 2001 Infiniti QX4.

Clayton Nelson was developed as a person of interest, the release said, and the department began searching for him and his father's missing SUV. Clayton Nelson, who was still driving his father's SUV, eventually surrendered to Nashville police around 10 a.m. Sunday. His father's SUV was towed to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Crime Lab for forensic examination.

The release said investigators from the Jackson Police Department went to Nashville and brought Clayton Nelson back to Jackson to be charged and arraigned.

Police said Clayton Nelson also has a hold for violating his probation in Tennessee. He had been placed on eight years' probation after being convicted of felony theft and worthless checks in Sumner County in 2009. A violation warrant was issued for his arrest on July 7 after he violated the conditions of his probation.

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