MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man was charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping after another man was discovered fatally shot inside a home in southeast Memphis.
Alfonzo Buford was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated kidnapping and especially aggravated kidnapping.
On January 2, a man called police after discovering the body of Broderick Moore inside a vacant home on Flowering Peach Drive in southeast Memphis.
According to his wife, Moore disappeared the previous day in Greenwood, Mississippi. Around midnight he called, asking her to bring a large sum of money and drugs to the Citgo gas station on Mendenhall.
When she arrived, she called her husband who told her to place the bag by a dumpster. She accidentally passed it and heard a man she believed to be Buford in the background saying, “She just passed it. Tell her to turn around and go back to the store.”
She was then instructed to go to a nearby McDonald’s where she was told her husband would meet her. He never showed up or called her back, police said.
After the wife left, investigators said surveillance video from the area of the gas station showed a Chevrolet Silverado pulled up to the dumpster. It was with a white four-door sedan. Both vehicles were later captured on security video driving through the neighborhood where the body was discovered several hours later.
During the investigation, Buford became a person of interest in Moore’s death. He spoke with investigators on January 4 and gave several different accounts regarding when he last saw the victim and where his car was, police said.
Police said as he was on his way to talk to investigators, he left his truck running at a gas station on Lamar while he went inside. Police said surveillance video showed a white sedan pull up. A man got out of the car and drove off in Buford’s truck, which contained a cellphone and handgun.
Buford maintained he had no involvement with Moore’s death. He repeatedly told investigators, “I was only doing what I was told to do,” but wouldn’t tell police what happened or why he didn’t contact authorities afterward.
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