Thursday, October 7, 2010
Benton County man murdered
By SUE WATSON
A suspect is in custody at the Marshall County jail, charged with murder in the death of a Benton County resident, said sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
The victim’s body was found by passersby and reported to authorities around 8:27 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. The body of Oscar Lee Nunnally, of Hoover Road in Benton County west of Ashland, was identified by relatives Monday.
Nunnally was found semiconscious when law enforcement and medical personnel arrived at the scene of Kimbrough Chapel Road near the intersection with S. Slayden Road, the sheriff said.
Officer David Cook, armed with information regarding a man who had sought medical attention earlier in the morning, took a dying declaration from the victim, according to Dickerson. The sheriff said Nunnally nodded his head in the affirmative when asked if he knew his assailant and then when the deputy called the name of a suspect.
A dying declaration is a statement taken from a person who believes his death is imminent – (the declaration) relating to the cause or the circumstance of the person’s impending death. The statement is admissible in court as evidence as an exception to the hearsay rule, Dickerson said.
Nunnally was airlifted to The Med in Memphis where he died later in the morning Saturday.
Dickerson said investigators began making inquiries “everywhere we knew – to identify the location of the suspect, Bruce Elliott Anderson, 32, who lived on Luellen Road.”
Authorities contacted the suspect’s parents who agreed to bring Anderson in for questioning. After he was taken into custody, deputies proceeded to collect evidence, including the vehicle driven by Anderson and articles in a burn pile which were believed to have contained material from the suspect’s car and items of his clothing.
Anderson remained in jail Monday pending an arraignment in justice court to set his next court date and/or bond.
The sheriff said authorities believe the victim was picked up at at a local tavern in Holly Springs in the late hours of Friday night or early Saturday morning.
“We are looking at robbery being a motive because the victim’s right pants pocket was turned out and there were no items of value or identification on the victim’s person,” the sheriff said.
Nunnally’s relatives brought in photographs which were compared to mug shots taken several years back by the sheriff’s department and with photographs taken of the victim at the location where he was discovered on Kimbrough Chapel Road.
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