Answers wanted in 2006 murder of Christiana man in own driveway

Crime scene photo from the day James Richmond was killed (Courtesy: Rutherford County Sheriff's Office)

CHRISTIANA, Tenn. (WKRN) – It’s been a little over 10 years, and detectives are no closer to solving the murder of a Christiana man.

James Richmond was 38 when he was shot to death and found dead in the driveway of his home.

He had been shot above his eye, in the chest, and in the abdomen—and later found by his own father.

It happened in the height of the afternoon on June 8, 2006 around 4 p.m.

(Graphic: WKRN)
(Graphic: WKRN)

“We got a call on Shelbyville Highway in the Christiana community that there was a deceased male in the driveway of his house,” said Det. Steve Kohler with the Rutherford County Cold Case Unit.

The case quickly reached a dead end.

Investigators say some of the best detectives in the state were assigned to work Richmond’s murder, but they were not able to solve the case.

Sadly, his father also passed amid the uncertainty.

“His dad unfortunately died without ever getting answers and closure to this case without knowing what happened to his son,” Kohler said.

While a suspect was developed early on in the case, detectives were not able to gather enough evidence to make an arrest.

Det. Steve Kohler (Photo: WKRN)
Det. Steve Kohler (Photo: WKRN)

“Unfortunately, it’s not what you know but what you prove. We have been working to help the initial investigators prove what they believe,” the detective told News 2.

The motive for the murder is unclear, but detectives have their own theories.

“We think there was some type of argument or altercation in the driveway that lead to Mr. Richmond being shot,” Kohler noted.

Richmond was a father of a 14-year-old girl and a hard worker who would give you the shirt off his back, according to his mother.

Mary Linda Stafford told News 2 the family wants closure in her son’s death.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

“I would never guess or thought about that happening,” she said.

The thought of losing her only son won’t go away.

“I think about it every day, just knowing the person out there that did that, a cold-blooded murderer, is not behind bars. You know, there should be some justice,” Stafford said.

Richmond’s daughter is now 24 years old and having a tough time dealing with not only the loss of her father, but also the loss of her mother.

“She’s had a difficult life, you know. It’s been really rough on her,” Stafford told News 2.

The case has gone cold, witnesses have moved away, and the passage of time has made this one even more difficult to solve.

Detectives are asking the public for help. They say no tip is too small. If you know anything, call 615-904-3046.

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