- Associated Press - Monday, April 27, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The number of reported homicides across the state increased by nearly 10 percent last year, according to a finding released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Monday.

The TBI’s “Crime in Tennessee” report does not give an explanation for the rise in the slayings. The report compiles data from law enforcement agencies across the state.

The 375 homicides reported in Tennessee in 2014 represent an increase of 9.9 percent from the previous year. The overwhelming number of the 228 victims were slain at home. But the report finds that 60 of the victims were killed on a highway, roadway or in an alley. Parking places also proved to be deadly, the report said. There were 29 reported homicides last year in either a parking lot or a garage.

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

The report also found that the number of arrests for driving under the influence remained fairly static, with police arresting 26,810 people for DUI in 2014, up 0.4% from 2013.

Weapons violations, however, decreased by 2.4%, the report showed.

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