Suspect, victim's wife indicted for alleged roles in July beheading

Monday, September 24, 2012 at 4:48pm
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Henry Baxter

Henry Baxter, the Nashville man whom police charged in the killing and beheading of his adoptive father, has been indicted by a Davidson County grand jury.

Baxter, 37, is now charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse for allegedly killing Erman Thompson, 48.

The indictment also charges Thompson’s wife, Ashly Thompson, with being an accessory after the fact by helping Baxter “avoid arrest, trial, conviction or punishment.”

The grand jury added the corpse abuse charge against Baxter for allegedly mistreating the corpse in “a manner offensive to the sensibilities of an ordinary person.”

According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, Baxter shot and killed Thompson during an argument in July before cutting off Thompson’s head with a shovel and disposed of the body in a vacant lot off of Old Hermitage Avenue.

Thompson’s head was later found in a trashcan outside the South Nashville home where the three lived together.

Baxter is in a Davidson County jail on $750,000 bond.

3 Comments on this post:

By: cjbwhite1 on 9/25/12 at 11:07

So he disposed of the body in a vacant lot and put the head in his own trash can in front of his house? Alrighty then. That's one sick, dumb MF.

By: dargent7 on 9/26/12 at 5:23

And why do we not have the death penalty in America across all 50 states?
Who wants this animal let out and live next to him?
Not in 12 years, 25 years, 50 years, or 100 years.
Kill these people OFF.....from the planet Earth.

By: whitegravy on 10/30/12 at 12:16

big dummy.....why dont we just put them to sleep instead of warehousing them in prison......PUTING A HEAD IN HIS OWN TRASHCAN.....SHEESH