Murfreesboro Police Detective John Singleton today charged Alexander with first-degree murder of O’Charley’s assistant manager Nader Bahmanziari, 41, and aggravated robbery.
Bahmanziari died after being shot one time during a robbery early Sunday at the Memorial Boulevard restaurant.
Alexander, 45, of 9008 Bylar Court in Smyrna was arrested at his job at International Paper Co. and taken to the police department for questioning. Afterward, he was charged and booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bond. A hearing is set March 18 in General Sessions Court.
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.
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