Person of interest now charged with murder after man found dead inside parked semi

Updated: Jan. 9, 2020 at 2:58 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A Millington man who surrendered as a person of interest in the shooting death of a truck driver is now charged with murder.

According to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, 27-year-old James Huddleston is charged with several felonies, including first-degree murder.

Huddleston was identified as a person of interest Wednesday evening in the murder of 30-year-old Dajuantae Stuart, of Hermitage, Tennessee.

Stuart was found Wednesday morning inside the cab of a truck parked on the side of I-269 near Macon Road.

Video footage recorded inside Stuart’s cab helped investigators develop Huddleston as a person of interest. He turned himself in Thursday morning.

According to an affidavit, video footage shows Huddleston standing in front of Stuart when a gunshot was heard.

Huddleston was seen dragging Stuart’s body on the floor and then shooting him for a second time.

He tried driving the tractor-trailer but was unsuccessful. Then Huddleston grabbed his backpack, leaving the gun behind.

Video shows him leaving the scene on foot.

Investigators say Huddleston was turned in by his father.

Detectives searched Huddleston’s address and found a gun box with the same serial numbers, matching the gun left at the scene.

Investigators have not released a possible motive.

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