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Police: Tennessee murders up by nearly 10 percent last year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A report released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows the number of reported murders across the state increased by nearly 10 percent last year.

The TBI's "Crime in Tennessee" report, which was released Monday, shows crime overall decline by about 1.5 percent. The report compiles data from law enforcement agencies across the state.

The TBI says there were 375 murders reported in Tennessee in 2014, an increase of 9.9 percent from the previous year.

The number of murders also rose dramatically in Murfreesboro this past year, up from 3 to 8. Overall crime in Murfreesboro decline in 2014 by about 4 percent.

Domestic violence offenses continued to make up 51 percent of all crimes against people, statewide, but the number of domestic violence murders in Tennessee decreased last year to 83, which is down three from 2013.