Jury finds man guilty in murder of missing girl’s uncle

Friday, February 12, 2010 at 4:36pm
Staff reports

A Davidson County Criminal Court jury this afternoon found Kevin Buford Sr. guilty of facilitation to commit felony murder and of attempted especially aggravated robbery for the January 2008 shooting death of Billy Shane Tuders.

Tuders, 33, was shot during a robbery attempt outside a Clarksville Pike car wash in north Nashville. At the time of the shooting, friends said he had just gotten paid and was walking next door to buy a lottery ticket.

His death was a second blow to Tuders family, the victim’s niece, Tabitha Tuders, is the East Nashville girl who has been missing for seven years.

Criminal Court Judge Randall Wyatt will sentence Buford on March 12. He faces 25-40 years for the facilitation to commit felony murder charge, and 12-20 years for the attempted especial aggravated robbery charge.

Also charged in the murder are Buford's two sons, Kevin Jr. and Deangelo, and Buford Sr.’s brother, Robert.

Robert Buford's trial is set for May 24. Trial dates have not yet been set for his sons.