West Nashville abductors charged in fatal market shooting

Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 8:47pm
Staff reports

Metro Police say three men, two of whom are jailed in connection with a West Nashville home invasion robbery, have been indicted in the shooting death of a market employee in December 2008.

The men, Rivera Peoples, 19, Antonio Harris, 22, and James Dowell, 19, all face charges of first-degree murder, police said.

Lindbergh Thompson was fatally shot outside Ace Market at 808 Bradford Ave.

Police say the three were preparing to rob the market when they confronted Thompson, an employee who was taking out the trash.

Thompson was fatally wounded and the three suspects fled, police said.

At the time of their indictment for Thompson’s murder, Peoples and Harris were already incarcerated on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping relating to the abduction of three persons from a home in the 4000 block of Harding Place in West Nashville in November 2008.

In that case, the homeowner, his 19-year-old daughter, and her 19-year-old boyfriend were forced into a vehicle and taken to two ATMs in Green Hills from where the suspects used the victims’ cards to withdraw money, police said. They were released unharmed in a subdivision near Hillsboro High School.

Harris is a convicted robber who received a seven-year sentence in 2006, police said. He received a four-year sentence for aggravated burglary in 2004. His parole was revoked following his arrest last December.

17 Comments on this post:

By: Nash19 on 10/2/09 at 6:31

Okay so it is early and the math might not be correct but if given a 7 year sentence in 2006 shouldn't he still be in prison and not running around free in 2009? OR even in 2008 when he kidnapped the trio of victims? Again, find an island and drop all the scum there and let them sort it out. Less tax payer money and heartache when they are released becasue they just need some hugs. Hey....let's start a program called Hugs for Thugs. Release them all and line them up to get some hugs first.

By: pandabear on 10/2/09 at 7:06

And kill the one who pulled the trigger.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/2/09 at 8:11

we can thank the judges, Gale Robinson and Monte Watkins for them being on the street.

By: Alphadog7 on 10/2/09 at 8:16

Getting sick of reading these articles where 2006 + 7 = 2009 and 2004 + 4 is 2006. Twice in one article? What must the people do to organize and put an end to this? This is costing innocent lives!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/2/09 at 8:26

i totally agree, Alphadog. we need to hold the judges accountable.

By: nothingbutagthng on 10/2/09 at 9:11

Blanketnazi2, what is the deal with you and judges?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/2/09 at 9:27

the same deal that Alphadog has. i'm tired of seeing folks with a long list of "dismissed" or "time served" when they have a violent history and they're back on the street stealing, hurting and/or killing people. a judge is ultimately the one who decides if 7 years really means 18 months or some such.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/2/09 at 9:43

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By: nothingbutagthng on 10/2/09 at 11:14

I certainly agree with that....but, the judges have a guide line to follow its the week system itself not keeping up with the times not the judge.... parole board are the ones to blame for early release of criminals that are not rehabilitated. I think your placing blame on the wrong individuals.

By: nothingbutagthng on 10/2/09 at 11:15

weak not week

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/2/09 at 11:31

if a sentence is 2 years day for day it's the judge who decides whether or not it's a literal day for day is my understanding. isn't that the case?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/2/09 at 11:32

the judge also is the one who determines whether or not sentencing runs consecutively, correct?

By: sidneyames on 10/2/09 at 1:23

And let's do away with "time off for good behavior'. If a person is IN JAIL, of course, they have to be good. They can't get their guns and home boys to help them rob innocent citizens. I say if you get 10 years, then that is 365 x 10. Not a minute less.
Do we elect judges or are they appointed.?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/2/09 at 1:30


By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/2/09 at 1:35

there's supposed to be the whole "three strikes" thing but i've yet to see that put into action. what gives? our law enforcement risks their lives to protect our neighborhoods and keep us safe and these scumbags either get their charges dismissed or they're out in no time flat.

By: Rembrandt on 10/2/09 at 11:16

Lead poison would have stopped the problem, a bullet might
cost two dollar a piece, but now these thug will probably
get life this is stupid.

By: MetalMan on 10/3/09 at 6:07

Just another indictment of our judicial system.