Furniture store murder suspect due in court for first time Monday

Furniture store murder suspect due in court for first time Monday

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A retired police officer accused of killing a man at a furniture store in Memphis last week is due in court for the first time Monday.

Timothy Sanders is charged with first-degree murder. Police said Saunders, a truck driver, got into an argument with American Freight Furniture manager Thomas Hartman over truck loading.

Police said Saunders walked out of the warehouse and returned with a gun, killing Hartman.

Saunders is a former police officer in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he served for 18 years.

Hartman’s mother said she can’t understand why anyone, much less a former police officer, would harm her son.

"The only thing that I can say relieves me and my heart just a little bit is if he shot him directly in the face, he died instantly so he didn't have to suffer," JoAnn Macklin said.

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Macklin said her son leaves behind three children, including two under the age of 10.

She wants the highest possible penalty for Saunders, and she plans to be at every court hearing.

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