A Hartsville man is facing murder charges after a young woman’s body was discovered on Sunday afternoon at a residence on Browning Branch Road.
Benjamen Timothy Carter, 23, was indicted by the Trousdale County Grand Jury on charges of premeditated first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the death of Bailey Donoho, 21.
Donoho’s body was discovered around 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon in the yard of a home in the 2100 block of Browning Branch Road, according to Trousdale County Sheriff Ray Russell. Trousdale County deputies and EMS responded to the scene, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation also sent a forensic team that spent Sunday and Monday looking for evidence.
Carter had already been arrested Sunday afternoon by Trousdale County deputies after attempting to flee during a traffic stop on Brummit Lane. He was already facing charges of evading arrest on foot and resisting arrest.
Trousdale County deputies had been called after reports of a robbery in the parking lot of the Dollar General location on Highway 231 South near the Trousdale-Wilson county line.
According to the arrest affidavit obtained by The Vidette, the Trousdale County Sheriff’s Department was notified by Wilson County officials just after 2:30 p.m. of the alleged robbery. Trousdale dispatcher also received a description of the vehicle and its occupants, a male and a female.
Russell told The Vidette that case was believed to be unrelated to Donoho’s death and was thought to be a drug deal gone bad.
Carter was transported to the Wilson County Jail and is being held without bond. A court date had not been set as of press time.
A GoFundMe page, “Justiceforbailey,” has been set up by Donoho’s family to assist with funeral expenses.
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