2 arrested after man killed at Rutherford Co. home - WSMV News 4

2 arrested after man killed at Rutherford Co. home

Posted: Updated: Aug 22, 2011 10:27 PM

Two suspects were charged Tuesday with first-degree murder of a man who was fatally shot Monday at a home in southern Rutherford County.

Aaron D. Walker, 22, and James Lamendola, 20, were charged by detectives with murder, especially aggravated robbery, especially aggravated kidnapping, burglary and theft.

The victim, Kevin Barrett, 45, died after being shot while trying to run away from the suspects in southern Rutherford County, the sheriff said.

A woman at Barrett's home told a deputy that Barrett was hauling hay when two men entered the house around 7:30 p.m., pointed a gun at her, pushed her down and demanded bank information. When Barrett entered the home, he saw the suspects and ran outside the home where he was shot.

Police said Walker and James Lamendola fled the scene, apparently taking the victims' two vehicles.

Detectives and deputies spotted the vehicles and pursued the suspects near University Gables apartments across from Walmart on Rutherford Boulevard.  Both suspects jumped out of the vehicles and fled, according to a sheriff's department news release.

Murfreesboro police arrested Lamendola within minutes in the back of the apartment complex. Sheriff's and Murfreesboro K-9 officers tried to track Walker but were unable to locate him.

Walker was later arrested in a police traffic stop about 11:30 p.m. Monday at the University Ridge Apartments near Rutherford Boulevard.

Lamendola was also charged with three counts of violation of probation.

Two vehicles were impounded for evidence.  Hearings for the suspects are scheduled for Sept. 14.  Walker and Lamendola are being held on $1 million bond.

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