A 47-year-old Wilson County man is charged with first-degree murder less than 30 hours after an acquaintance was found near death at his One Mile Lane home 2 p.m. Friday, Rutherford County Sheriff Michael Fitzhugh said.
David Michael Oeser, of Beasley's Bend Road in Lebanon, is being held under a $1 million bond at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center for the murder of James Burney Whitehead.
Oeser is set for preliminary hearing April 27 in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.
A friend found Whitehead in his home shortly before 2 p.m. Friday and called 911.
Rutherford County Emergency Medical Service and sheriff's patrol officers raced to the address. They arrived at the home minutes later, Fitzhugh said, and Whitehead was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:52 p.m.
Traffic for the late afternoon homeward bound in the residential neighborhood was diverted several miles out of the way during the incident.
Seasoned investigators, supervisors and division commanders remained at the scene behind yellow incident scene tape, working late into the night to methodically to investigate, maintain security and preserve relevant evidence.
"I can't thank the Wilson County Sheriff's Office enough for their tremendous assistance in locating Whitehead," Fitzhugh said, "Our patrol officers and detectives worked together in their usual efficient manner for a quick resolution to this crime."
An autopsy to determine cause of death will occur; however, a release stated the manner of death has been ruled as homicide.
RCSD is asking anyone with information about events leading to Whitehead's death to call case officer Detective Kyle Norrod at (615) 904-3043.
David Michael Oeser