Three suspectshave been charged in connection with the murder of Christiana sports enthusiast Terry Barber, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Monday.
Barber’s body was found last Wednesday at his Walnut Grove Road home.
Barber, 68, was believed killed the night of Monday, June 24, said Criminal Investigations Capt. Britt Reed. A friend found his body Wednesday.
He was an announcer, referee and umpire for Murfreesboro and Rutherford County sports events and sold Southeastern Conference memorabilia.
Suspects Devan Jacob Gailey, 20, Brent Donavan Ross, 21, and Vernice Darlene Farrar, 39, all of Murfreesboro, were charged with first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and especially aggravated robbery, the RCSO said.
All three suspects were in custody as of Sunday. Gailey and Ross are being held without bond at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, while Farrar is being held in a Florida detention center while awaiting extradition.
Detectives Steve Brown and Ryan Huggins began their investigation after responding to the home Wednesday, the RCSO said.
“Evidence at the scene indicated that foul play was involved and our detectives began treating the death as a homicide,” Reed said.
Detectives said it appeared Barber had been assaulted and bound with restraints. They examined a variety of potential evidence and developed suspects by late Thursday.
“Our detectives worked a lot of hours putting the pieces together and working diligently to get these suspects in custody,” Reed said.
Detectives do not believe this is a random murder and that there was a connection between at least one of the suspects and the victim, the RCSO said. Additional suspects may be charged.
“We are looking into everyone who may have participated in some form or fashion in this senseless crime,” Reed said. “If they had any culpability, we will hold them accountable.”
Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh thanked the Murfreesboro Police Department and the Tampa Bay Police Department for their assistance in the investigation.
Barber was known around Murfreesboro for his love of youth and college sports, the RCSO said. In recent years, he sold SEC memorabilia from his “SEC Battlefields” van at different locations. He was a spectator and fan at high school or middle school games.