Spring Hill shooting suspect has long criminal history, past homicide conviction


Spring Hill shooting suspect has long criminal history, past homicide conviction

By SARAH GRACE TAYLOR

James Rush Huddleston, the primary suspect in Sunday’s Spring Hill fatal shooting, has a long history of felony charges including a voluntary manslaughter conviction in 2005.

Huddleston, who made the TBI Top Ten Most Wanted list Monday, has a warrant out for his arrest in Williamson County after 34-year-old Philip Pero was shot and killed in a Spring Hill home on Sunday.

Police believe Huddleston, a Murfreesboro resident currently on the run, shot and killed Pero.

Amid a slew of drug and weapon charges since 2001 when he was 18, Huddleston was charged with criminal homicide in 2004, after killing Robert C. Ford, 22, in Nashville.

Huddleston pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter in 2005 for the crime. All other charges were dropped and he was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Across Middle Tennessee, Huddleston has been charged with over a dozen drug possession and weapon crimes in 16 years.

The TBI describes is seeking tips on Huddleston and offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Law enforcement describe Huddleston as follows:

Age: 34
Date of birth: April 2, 1983
Sex: Male
Race: White
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown Height: 5’11”
Weight: 160

 

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