Dash Cam Captures Cold-Blooded Killing of Trucker, Police Say
Memphis, TN – Dash cam video was a key piece of evidence that helped Tennessee authorities quickly identify and arrest the man now charged with killing 30-year-old trucker Dajuante Stuart.
According to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), James Huddleston, 27, of Millington, TN, has been arrested and charged in the shooting death of Stuart.
Huddleston was charged with several felonies, including first-degree murder and aggravated robbery.
On Wednesday morning, authorities found Stuart inside the cab of his tractor-trailer dead from a gunshot wound.
Investigators say the big rig was parked along the shoulder of I-269 near Macon Road when authorities made the discovery.
Detectives were able to retrieve and review video footage from Stuart’s in-cab camera which led them to release multiple images (from the video) of a “person of interest” in the case.
That “person of interest,” now identified as Huddleston, was turned into authorities by his father Thursday morning.
Court documents say dash cam video evidence reveals Huddleston entered the truck and engaged in a conversation with Stuart, who was in his bunk at the time.
Huddleston can then be seen firing one round from a .357 handgun, police say.
Then, investigators say Huddleston dragged Stuart’s body out of the bunk and onto the floor before firing and hitting him with a second shot.
Court records indicate Huddleston robbed Stuart and attempted to drive the big rig away from the scene, but was unable, so he left the gun inside the rig and fled on foot.
Investigators searched Huddleston’s residence and say they found clothing that matched what Huddleston was wearing at the time of the alleged murder, along with a gun box matching the serial number of the weapon found inside the truck.
Local news outlet WMC5 spoke with Stuart’s mother, Connie Stuart-Knight, about the tragic loss of her son.
Stuart-Knight told WMC5 that Stuart loved to drive from the time he was young.
He had been working as a trucker for four years, according to Stuart-Knight.
She says she became concerned about her son after not hearing from him and reached out to Big M Transportation, where Stuart was employed.
A company representative assured her someone would get back with her.
“Shortly after that is when I got the call from a chaplain saying that she would be coming to my house. And so, I kind of figured it was not going to be a great visit,” she said.
Captain Anthony Buckner with the SCSO says the video evidence was critical in helping authorities quickly solve this case.
He told local news outlet WREG, “I don’t know where this case would be if it were not for the video footage.”
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