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Julieta Martinelli


Martinelli is the 2017-2018 newsroom fellow at WPLN. She began as an intern in summer 2017, where she reported on criminal justice, immigration and social issues among other topics. Before arriving in Nashville, she split her time between the assignment desk and assisting the investigative team at CBS-46 in Atlanta. 

Martinelli spent five years working at an Atlanta law firm. Previously she worked as a writer and copy editor for Real Atlanta Magazine, a now-defunct bilingual monthly. She's also written for Gwinnett Daily Post and Atlanta Latino, where she reported in Spanish on immigration, education and issues affecting the Hispanic community in Georgia. Martinelli is a National Association of Hispanic Journalists scholarship winner, a NAHJ-NABJ 2016 Student Projects fellow and in 2017 was named a Chips Quinn Scholar by the Newseum Institute.

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The fatal shooting of Daniel Hambrick last month as he ran from a Nashville police officer has reanimated questions about Metro Police’s policy governing the use of deadly force, particularly in cases when an officer is chasing after a suspect.

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Hours after new surveillance footage was released showing Officer Andrew Delke shooting Daniel Hambrick in the back, Hambrick's mother spoke out.

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Billy Ray Irick was pronounced dead Thursday night, 20 minutes after receiving a three-drug cocktail. Witnesses say there were no obvious signs that Irick suffered pain before dying.

Irick's execution was the state of Tennessee's first in nearly a decade.

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Nashville Mayor David Briley’s response to the shooting of Daniel Hambrick and Wednesday's release of videos that show him fleeing police drew criticisms from several groups, including those who are pushing for a ballot measure to create a community oversight board that would review such incidents.

Some Metro council members and community organizers are also questioning the leadership of the Metro Nashville Police Department.

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Davidson County District Attorney's Office

Nashville authorities released new surveillance video footage Wednesday that shows a fatal shooting by a city police officer on July 26.

The lawyer representing the victim's family, after seeing the videos for the first time, told WPLN that they want the officer to be fired. Meanwhile, Nashville's mayor is urging patience as the investigation unfolds.


Just one day before Tennessee is scheduled to resume executions after a nine-year hiatus, lawyers and advocates for Billy Ray Irick continue fighting for more time. They’re down to their last hope: that the highest court in the country will step in. 

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Governor Bill Haslam granted pardons and a sentence commutation to four Tennesseans on Thursday, offering clemency for only the second time since he took office in 2011.

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It’s been a year since Fausto Flores, a local construction worker, fell to his death while building an upscale condo complex downtown. He was cutting a wooden handrail on the fourth floor when he slipped. Flores wasn’t wearing a harness.

Workers and advocates gathered last night outside that building to remember him — and more than a dozen others — who’ve lost their lives at work.

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Nashville’s pre-K education program has been ranked in the top five among the country’s largest cities by CityHealth, a new initiative by the Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

In its second annual report, the organization graded the cities on nine components. The group included pre-K in their study because it believes access to a high quality early education leads to longterm improvements in public health.

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Update: This story has been updated to reflect new information from the Office of Metro's Finance Director, which says all Core Civic investments were sold in November 2016. 

Metro Council members on Tuesday will vote on a measure asking the city to stop investing money from its employee pension fund into for-profit prisons.

Councilwoman Erica Gilmore says Nashville has close to $1 million invested in CoreCivic — the nation’s second largest private prison company — which also has its headquarters in Nashville. The city disputes that claim.