Wilson County man charged in Rutherford County death

Staff Reports • Apr 3, 2017 at 3:45 PM

A Wilson County man was arrested and charged in Rutherford County in the death of a Smyrna man, according to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

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. 

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