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Hartsville Man Charged With Murder

By Debbie Gregory

Benjamen Timothy Carter, of Hartsville, has been charged with premeditated murder in connection with the shooting death of 21-year-old Bailey Danielle “Boo” Donoho, a young Portland mother, whose body was discovered on Sunday, March 31, in Trousdale County.


According to a release from the TBI, an investigation by special agents resulted in the Trousdale County Grand Jury indicting 23-year-old Benjamen Timothy Carter on Wednesday, April 3rd, for one count of first degree premeditated murder and one count of criminal attempt to commit first degree murder. 

The release states, at the request of 15th District Attorney General Tommy Thompson, on March 31, TBI Special Agents joined deputies with the Trousdale County Sheriff’s Department in investigating the death of Bailey Donoho. Her body had been found at a residence at 2170 Browning Branch Road in Hartsville. During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that on March 30th, Benjamen Carter was in a vehicle at that address with the victim and another male acquaintance. At some point, Carter got out of the vehicle, and fired shots at the truck, resulting in the death of Bailey Donoho. The other passenger was able to get out of the vehicle and run to a neighbor’s house, as Carter drove away from the scene.

Carter was already in the Trousdale County Jail on unrelated charges, stemming from a robbery at the Dollar General Store on 231 South near the Trousdale/Wilson County line on Sunday afternoon. He was later transferred to the Wilson County Jail, where he remains without bond. 

Funeral services for Bailey Donoho, were held on Thursday, April 4th at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home, in Gallatin, Tn., with Bro. Joe Porter and Tony Isenberg officiating. Interment followed at Old Brush Cemetery.