Death penalty sought in murder of O'Charley's manager

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Alexander is escorted into jail by Officer Chris Waters after being charged with first-degree murder.
Punishment of the death penalty is sought against a defendant accused of killing an O’Charley’s assistant manager during a robbery Feb. 3 at the Memorial Boulevard restaurant.

Antonio D. Alexander, 46, of Byler Court in Smyrna faces trial on charges of first-degree murder and felony murder of assistant manager Nadir Bahmanziari, a husband and father of two children.

Murfreesboro Detective John Singleton accused Alexander of fatally shooting Bahmanziari during a robbery. Felony murder is a killing in commission of another crime.

District Attorney William Whitesell filed documents last week giving Alexander and his attorney, Barry Tidwell, notice he plans to seek the death penalty if Alexander is convicted of first-degree murder.

If death is not imposed, Whitesell seeks a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Alexander was also indicted for especially aggravated robbery of Bahmanziari and attempted aggravated kidnapping and attempted aggravated robbery of employee Shawn Mahoney. Alexander, who was previously convicted of two robberies, was also indicted for possession of a weapon by a felon.

In his motion, Whitesell listed the following reasons for seeking the death penalty:

• The defendant was previously convicted of one or more felonies involving the use of violence.

• The defendant created a risk of death to two or more people during the act of murder.

• The murder was committed during a robbery.

Whitesell last sought the death penalty for the two defendants convicted of killing three employees at Captain D's restaurant in 2000 in Smyrna. Jurors sentenced La Tonya Tayor to life in prison without the possibility of parole while co-defendant Percy Palmer entered a plea with a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Alexander’s criminal record showed he was released from the Tennessee Department of Correction May 12, 2005 after serving time on two prior robbery convictions.

Sheriff’s Detective Virgil Gammon, who is now chief deputy, charged Alexander with aggravated robbery in 1983 when Alexander was 21 years old.

Alexander and two co-defendants robbed Linda Charles at gunpoint Jan. 27, 1983 at her Walnut Grove Road home near Midland. Gammon recovered a pistol, holster and bullets from Alexander.

He pleaded guilty to simple robbery. As part of his plea, Alexander was sentenced to 10 years in prison but released after serving at least 30 percent of his sentence.

Murfreesboro Police Detective Anita Flagg, who is now a captain, charged Alexander with the aggravated robbery June 24, 1988 of the former Rax restaurant on Memorial Boulevard.

Alexander used a blue steel revolver to rob an employee who identified him from a photo lineup, Flagg reported at the time. She charged him with aggravated robbery.

Because he violated parole with the Rax robbery, Alexander returned to the state penitentiary to serve time on the Charles robbery. He pleaded guilty to simple robbery of Rax in 1991. He was sentenced to five years in prison with the sentence to begin after he completed the first 10-year sentence.

At age 19, Alexander served time in the Rutherford County Workhouse after being convicted of assault and carrying a weapon.

He remains in custody at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. His next hearing is set Dec. 12.

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October 22, 2008 at 12:00am
This is a career criminal. The Death Penalty is the exact punishment he deserves. The only problem is that it will be years before the sentence is carried out, if at all!
October 22, 2008 at 12:00am
I'm not a big proponent of the death penalty
but this guy is a good a candidate as you'll ever have for a trip to the gallows.
October 22, 2008 at 12:00am
His punishment should be swift and not take years to carry out...My vote would be to hang him on the town square and put the fear and consequences back into his actions. We as a people need to stand up and say if you do this crime...this is what happens to you...and not just lock them up for years on end costing taxpayers dollars. This man unfortunately is a prime example of how the present system does not work...Please let us get it right this time....thank you
October 22, 2008 at 12:00am
They can't get the needle in the vein fast enough for me.
October 23, 2008 at 12:00am
Need to fire up "ol Sparky" and show it on
live TV for a crime deterrent. All young people see is the music video portrayal of thugs and criminals. He needs to pay for taking innocent lives. Justice needs to return to this country more than ever.
October 23, 2008 at 12:00am


I am only assuming that means Jesus Christ the King of Kings?

If so, you should be ashamed of making a comment to "hang him on the town square". I am sure this man will be dealt with without having a public hanging! Are you in favor of drowning women who are thought to be witches too?

Grow up!
October 23, 2008 at 12:00am
I am not against hanging someone who would blindly rob and MURDER innocent people for a few bucks.

I'd come out to watch and bring my hibachi grill and drink some beer.

Would be a great time I think.
October 23, 2008 at 12:00am
I can't believe the bloodlust I'm witnessing here...

Look guys, doesn't taking someone's life, be it during a botched robbery or a state-sanctioned execution, still equate to murder? Murder is premeditated killing...

I'm very conflicted on the use of capital punishment. What gives us the right to kill someone? Sure, there's an innate urge to seek retribution against someone who has wronged us or wronged our loved ones, but it doesn't make it right.

Now, on the flip side of that, do I want my tax dollars to pay for scum like this to live his life out in prison? Not really... Like most things, this is a very delicate issue and deserves careful consideration, not knee-jerk "They can't get the needle in the vein fast enough for me" nonsense.

Maybe logic and reason are getting the best of me...
October 23, 2008 at 12:00am
devolver:Maybe logic and reason are getting the best of me...

I think you are right, they are getting the better of you...
October 23, 2008 at 12:00am
devolver, you cant have it both ways....."an eye for an eye".....and i hope that all the witches can hold their breath for a long time...
October 23, 2008 at 12:00am
Nope, ya can't have it both ways, so I'll take the progressive and civilized way... that is, not to murder anyone. No eye for an eye, Hammurabi.
October 24, 2008 at 12:00am
if you take this persons life (like he deserves) then maybe, just maybe, it would prevent some other criminal from taking another innocent persons life and causing the pain to their family that this person has caused Mr. Bahmanziari's family and friends.
October 24, 2008 at 12:00am
emmarae - solution: life without parole. no one else has to die.

And honestly, do you think that the Bahmanziari family will, after this man is executed, be able move on like nothing ever happened?.. No, because Mr. Bahmanziari is still dead. No state sanctioned murder will undo that.
October 24, 2008 at 12:00am
you miss understood my comment. if you show people what would happen to them if they kill someone, maybe they would think twice before they commit such a terrible crime. and life without parole, what a joke, warm bed, 3 meals a day, free medical care, etc.
October 26, 2008 at 12:00am
I would have to agree with you devolver. Not let my feelings take first place over reality.

Just let him sit in prison. We both should hope he does not get out again.

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