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.