James Buchanan, 45, and Lisa Buchanan, 44 of the 1800 block of St. Elmo, were indicted on multiple felony counts, including first-degree murder in the perpetration of a kidnapping and in perpetration of an aggravated burglary, especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated burglary.
Their son, Steve Buchanan, 25, was indicted on a felony count of accessory after the fact.
James and Lisa Buchanan are being held without bond. Steve Buchanan is being held on $20,000 bond.
Victim Paul Maher, 78, was found by a friend on Dec. 31, 2015, inside his home in the 3900 block of Print where he had been beaten several days earlier and was bound with duct tape and rope, and was unable to speak.
He was taken to a hospital where he died the next day of his injuries. His automobile, some weapons and cash had been stolen. MPD Investigators said Buchanan, who had done housework for Maher, knew the elderly man lived alone and was vulnerable. When Buchanan was developed as a suspect, he admitted breaking into the home, assaulting Maher and robbing him.
His wife and son also gave statements admitting their involvement.
The case is being handled by Carrie Shelton, who has served as chief prosecutor of the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.
The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference recently announced it has partnered with the Tennessee Department of Human Services and Tennessee Voices for Victims in a public education effort encouraging Tennesseans to talk about elder abuse.
The effort - headlined “Tennessee Is Talking About Elder Abuse” - uses testimonials to encourage community dialogue and, ultimately, to increase reporting of abusive situations.