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Neighbor Arrested, Charged in Shooting Death of Carroll County Man

Neighbor Arrested, Charged in Shooting Death of Carroll County Man

YUMA — A Yuma man is charged with Second Degree Murder and Tampering with Evidence after he reported shot and killed a neighbor Friday morning, July 6.

Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, working alongside investigators from the Carroll County Sheriff ’s Office, have arrested and charged David Herb Anderson, 59, in connection with the death of Ben Cole Birdwell, 64.

On Friday, at the request of 24th District Attorney General Matthew Stowe, TBI agents joined the investigation into the apparent shooting death of Ben Cole Birdwell, shortly after authorities found the body of the 64-year-old on a railroad easement near his School House Road property. During the course of the investigation, authorities developed information leading to David Anderson (DOB 11-17-58), as the individual responsible for the crime.

The two had reportedly disagreed over property. Anderson used a firearm in the commission of the crime.

Sheriff Andy Dickson said his department received the call at 7:53 a.m. about the incident on Rex Lane in Yuma. Responding units found Mr. Birdwell lying near Rex Lane, a graveled roadway created from removed railroad tracks. Anderson had been driving on Rex Lane at the time of the incident and Birdwell was “weed eating” on that morning.

Carroll County Sheriff’s Department and Baptist-Huntingdon EMS responded to the scene. EMS personnel transported Birdwell to Clarksburg Church of Christ parking lot, where they were met by the AirEvac Team. He reportedly died before being airlifted. His body was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Huntingdon, where the TBI, coroner and CCSO reviewed the body before sending it to the TBI Crime Lab in Nashville.

On Saturday evening, agents arrested Anderson and charged him with one count of Second Degree Murder and one count of Tampering with Evidence. Authorities booked Anderson into the Carroll County Jail on $150,000 bond. He is to be arraigned Wednesday morning in Carroll County General Sessions Court. Sheriff Dickson said Anderson and Birdwell had had property disputes for several years and had been in Chancery Court several times. Birdwell was a retired DEA agent and had moved back to Carroll County to care for his mother.

Dilday-Carter Funeral Home of Huntingdon has charge of arrangements for Birdwell.

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