Murder Victim Remembered As 'Kind Human Being'
by Chris Conte
SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. – Friends of a Hendersonville man allegedly shot, killed and decapitated by his son-in-law on Friday are still trying to understand how the gruesome crime occurred.
Officials with the Sumner County Sheriff's Office said 42-year-old Sandie Calvert was arrested Friday and has been charged with First Degree Murder.
The suspect has been accused of killing his father-in-law, 67-year-old James Hudgins, around 5 p.m. Friday in Hendersonville.
On Sunday Hudgins' long-time friend and preacher at the Neely's Bend Church of Christ remembered Hudgins as the kind of person who would always go out of his way to help others.
"We've lost a great friend, we've lost a great member of the church. It is upsetting to think about, I can't imagine us without James here," said Mike Tidwell sitting inside the church on Sunday.
According to investigators, Sandie Calvert shot his father-in-law James Hudgins and then decapitated him. A gruesome detail that Tidwell asked his congregation to try and look beyond.
"I challenged our congregation this morning to not get marred down in the details of it as they hear them on the news because the end result is the same and that's that we lost James," he added. "We've lost a great Christian man."
Officials are still searching for a motive. Calvert has been booked into the Sumner County Jail and is being held without bond.