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Rich charged with Warner murder

By TERENCE CORRIGAN - Special to the T-G
Posted 10/30/21

Three days after he was indicted on seven felony counts in Bedford County, including a charge of attempted first degree murder, 25-year-old Samuel Rich of Shelbyville was indicted in Nashville on six …

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Rich charged with Warner murder

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Three days after he was indicted on seven felony counts in Bedford County, including a charge of attempted first degree murder, 25-year-old Samuel Rich of Shelbyville was indicted in Nashville on six more counts, including first degree murder for the shooting death of 22-year-old James William Warner. 

On Wednesday of this week, a Davidson County grand jury returned six indictments against Rich including three counts of first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, felon in possession of a firearm, and theft of Warner’s 2021 Jeep valued at between $10,000 and $60,000.  

On Thursday, a charge of driving with a revoked license was added to the list of charges against Rich in Davidson County.  

On Monday of this week, Rich was indicted by a Bedford County grand jury on charges related to the shooting of Hannah Grace Perryman in the early morning hours of Aug. 13 at Warner’s residence.  

According to the affidavit of complaint, Perryman arrived at the Temple Ford Road residence at 1 a.m. and saw Warner’s Jeep parked there.  

She went inside and was confronted by Rich in the master bedroom. It is alleged that Rich shot Perryman in the head and then fled. Perryman survived the attack and was able to call 911 for help.  

Warner’s body was found in Nashville on Aug. 13 the same day Rich allegedly shot Perryman in Shelbyville. He had been shot in the head and back several times.  

Investigators believe Warner was shot after being brought to Nashville. The Jeep belonging to Warner was found that same day on Smith Chapel Road in the Raus area.  

Rich turned himself into police two days later (Aug. 15) in Murfreesboro. 

In Bedford County, Samuel Rich is charged with attempted 1st degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony (attempted murder), theft of a 2021 Jeep Cherokee (belonging to Will Warner), aggravated burglary (entering Will Warners home to commit a felony), a second burglary count (for entering the home of Will Warner with intent to commit a felony that resulted in the “serious bodily injury” to the woman he shot), and tampering with evidence (for knowingly destroying or concealing evidence in a criminal case.)  

Rich was being held in Davidson County Jail and was scheduled to appear for a case review hearing on Friday before General Sessions Judge Allegra Walker in Davidson County. 

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