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Franklin son charged with criminal homicide in stabbing death of Brentwood father

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Franklin son charged with criminal homicide in stabbing death of Brentwood father

A Franklin man was arrested in the stabbing death of his father, a Brentwood resident, Wednesday night. Sarah Kingsbury / Franklin Home Page

Updated at 8:22 a.m. Thursday

Daniel Cantrell
Oliver Cantrell

An official arrest has been announced in last night's fatal stabbing at a 5212 Heathrow Hills Drive. Daniel Cantrell, the son of victim Oliver Cantrell, has been charged with criminal homicide. He is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bond at Williamson County Jail.

An initial court date has been set for April 17.

Updated 12:24 a.m. Thursday

A retired architect died of stab wounds at his Heathrow Hills home Wednesday, and police have arrested his adult son.

Police have identified the victim as Oliver R. Cantrell Jr., 65. His 31-year-old son, a Franklin resident who has not been identified, remained in police custody early Thursday morning but had not yet been charged with any crime.

Cantrell was discovered at his 5212 Heathrow Hills home with "multiple stab wounds" after police received a 911 call at 6:58 p.m. Only the father and son were home at the time. According to Asst. Police Chief Tommy Walsh, police responded to the report of a male suspect who was found unresponsive. Despite life saving measures, Cantrell was pronounced dead at the scene.

“We do not believe anyone else was present at the time the incident occurred,” Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes said. 

Neighbors said the man and his wife, a retired attorney, had lived at the house for two decades.

A blue tarp remained draped over the home’s front door and the deceased man was still inside as investigators collected evidence late Wednesday. Police declined to say whether it was possible the stabbing was an accident. 

“We’re working a death investigation, and we work every death investigation as if it’s a homicide unless we prove otherwise,” Hughes said. 

Police didn't release any other details about the stabbing, but said they don't believe there are any other suspects. Neighbors said they saw one of the couple's two sons walking with the wife earlier in the week. The couple planned to sell their home and move into a smaller residence.

"It was a nice family," said neighbor Jane Dungan.  

Heathrow Hills, which is nestled behind the Woodway subdivision west of Franklin Road, is a popular destination during the Christmas season because of the neighborhood’s elaborate holiday decorations. 

Walsh said the investigation is ongoing and he would release additional information as it became available.

Franklin Home Page will continue to update this story as more details are available.

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