David Michael Oeser was charged with first-degree murder for the death of James Burney Whitehead.
Whitehead, 49, died March 31 shortly after being found in critical condition at his Smyrna home. A friend found him and called authorities. Police determined the death was a homicide.
Oeser, 47, is held at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on $1 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court April 27 for a preliminary hearing.
Anyone with information regarding the events preceding Whitehead’s death should contact detective Kyle Norrod with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.