10 months later, man confesses to New Year's Day homicide - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

10 months later, man confesses to New Year's Day homicide

James Buchanan (Source: SCSO) James Buchanan (Source: SCSO)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The man police said committed Memphis' first homicide of 2016 was taken to jail 10 months after the crime happened.

Memphis Police Department said James Buchanan broke into Paul Maher's home, attacked him, tied him up, robbed him, and left him for dead.

Officers found Maher duct taped and bound with rope on December 31, 2015. He was rushed to the hospital, but he died the next day.

For 10 months police were unsuccessful identifying or tracking down who killed Maher.

Then, on October 21, Buchanan showed up at 201 Poplar and told police he was the man responsible.

Maher's neighbors are relieved their friend's killer is now behind bars.

"I was joyful," neighbor Ronald McDonald said. "I was thankful for that because it [Maher's death] didn't have to happen that way."

Buchanan now faces charges of first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, and especially aggravated kidnapping.

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