Murder suspect reportedly told TBI he shot victim, cut off his head

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — A man charged with murder and arson after a recent fire admitted to shooting the victim and cutting off his head, according to court documents.

Buddy Ray Small

Buddy Ray Small, 36, of Linden is facing first-degree murder, arson and abuse of a corpse charges after the Tuesday fire at a residence in the 90 block of Johnson Road near Lexington.

Authorities have not identified the victim but say it was a male.

During an interview with Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials, Small admitted to shooting the victim in the head with a .30-06 rifle, cutting off his head and intentionally setting the mobile home on fire, according to an affidavit.

Court papers say Small shot the victim in front of witnesses.

The headless body of the victim was found in the living room, and the severed head was found in a brush pile about 500 yards behind the home, the document states.

TBI agents arrested Small Wednesday. He is being held in the Henderson County Jail without bond.

We’ll have the latest in this developing story on WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News at 5 and 6.