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Funeral Held Thursday For Man Found Decapitated

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The man found decapitated near downtown Nashville will be laid to rest Thursday.

The funeral for 48-year-old Erman Thompson will be at noon at Terrell Broady Funeral Home in Bordeaux.

Family members are still coming to terms with his death. Thompson's daughter said her father was a loving man, who she misses every day.

"I just want people to understand he was very loved and very respected in this community," said Anita Quast. "He was a wonderful man and would have done anything for anybody."

Thompson's body was discovered by a mail carrier in a field near his home on Claiborne Street on July 12. His head was found in the garbage can behind his home the following day. Police arrested his longtime friend, 37-year-old Henry James Baxter, and charged him with first degree murder.

Police said Baxter told them he shot Thompson in the head after an argument on July 8 and used a shovel to decapitate him the following day.

During a preliminary hearing on July 19, a Metro police detective testified that Baxter initially told him he killed Thompson because he was threatening his wife, Ashly Thompson. Baxter allegedly said Thompson often said he would kill Ashly Thompson if she ever left him.

Detectives said Baxter lived at Thompson's home along with Ashly and her three children. Baxter was the father of one of the children.

In the hearing, a judge found probable cause the send Baxter's case to a grand jury.

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