Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Charges 58-Year-Old with First Degree Murder

Jul 08, 2022 at 07:10 pm by WGNS

54-Year-old Jeffery Hayden Burris of Panther Creek Road

UPDATED: As of Friday evening (07/08/22), the man arrested for a murder that occured this past Wednesday in Christiana, Tennessee remains behind bars. 54-Year-old Jeffery Hayden Burris of Panther Creek Road is accused of shooting and killing his neighbor. Burris was charged with first-degree murder after the investigation into the shooting occured, according to Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Capt. Todd Sparks.

Burris was charged in the shooting death of his next door neighbor 58-year-old Clarence Rowden III, Sparks said. The shooting occurred outside the victim’s home.


“The victim’s wife called 911 after Burris fired multiple rounds with a handgun, striking and killing Rowden,” Sparks said.

Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputies and Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services paramedics responded to the residence and attempted life-saving efforts, however, Rowden was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Burris was still at the scene and was detained immediately by responding patrol officers. Burris was later interviewed and charged by Detective Kyle Norrod.

“Our investigation has determined that Burris is believed to be the only suspect involved in this shooting,” Sparks said. “We are still following up to determine an exact motive.” 

Sheriff’s detectives and crime scene investigators collected evidence from the scene.

Burris is being held on a $600,000 bond with an initial court date being set Sept. 14.

Sources: RCSO

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