Jury finds final suspect guilty in murder of Tuders’ uncle

Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 3:31pm
Staff reports

The final case of four family members charged in the murder of Billy Jack Shane Tuders led to a conviction Thursday morning.

A Davidson County jury found Robert Nelson Buford, 41, guilty of facilitation of first-degree felony murder and facilitation of attempted especially aggravated robbery. He is the last of four members of the Buford family, including his brother and two nephews.

The family members were all charged in the shooting death of Tuders — the uncle of missing person Tabitha Tuders — during a robbery attempt at a Clarksville Pike carwash in January 2008.

Kevin Buford Sr., 43, was sentenced to 60 years in prison after he was convicted on facilitation of first-degree murder and attempted especially aggravated robbery.

Kevin Buford Jr., 19, must serve at least 51 years of a life sentence on a conviction of first-degree felony murder and attempted especially aggravated robbery.

Buford Sr.’s other son, Deangelo Buford, 20, received a 16-year sentence after he pleaded guilty to facilitation of first-degree murder.

Robert Buford has a sentencing hearing set for Nov. 12.

Another man, Raymond Pirtle, also pleaded guilty to facilitation of second-degree murder. He’s scheduled to be sentenced later this month.