Trucker Indicted For Murdering Furniture Store Manager Over Loading Dispute
Memphis, TN – A Tennessee trucker has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of a freight dock manager at a furniture store earlier this year.
Shelby County prosecutors said Thursday that 53-year-old trucker Timothy Saunders is being held without bond on criminal court charges in the May slaying of 41-year-old Thomas Hartman.
Investigators said Saunders became enraged in a heated dispute with Hartman, store manager for American Freight Furniture on Highway 64, around 12:30 p.m. on May 9.
The two men allegedly argued over how to best load the semi-trailer.
As the verbal confrontation intensified, police said Saunders left for a short time, then returned, and the two men once again continued arguing.
According to the arrest affidavit, that’s when Saunders pulled out a black handgun and shot Hartman in the face killing him.
Saunders then left the scene in a red tractor-trailer, according to investigators, but was apprehended a short time later nearby at U.S. Highway 64 and Interstate 40.
Officials said the two men knew each other prior to the fatal incident, but did not say if they had a history of disputes.
Saunders is also a veteran of the police force.
The Clarksville Police Department in Clarksville, TN confirmed Saunders retired in 2017 after 27 years of service.
A public defender has been assigned to Saunders’ case in general sessions court.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow this ongoing investigation.