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    Oct 2010

    Robert Wayne Garner Sentenced to Life in 2010 TN Slaying of Brenda Wilburn

    A trial date has been set for a Pulaski man accused of killing his former landlord and burning her home on Jan. 19, 2010.

    Circuit Court Judge Jim T. Hamilton scheduled jury selection to begin Monday, Aug. 8, with the trial to follow immediately for 42 year old Robert Wayne Garner, who is accused of causing the intentional death of Brenda Wilburn, whose body was found by emergency responders in a closet area in the remains of her burned home. He is charged with first degree murder, felony murder, aggravated arson and theft or burglary of $10,000 or more.

    Although no notice to seek the death penalty has been filed by the District Attorney’s Office, the judge did tell Garners attorney, Stan Pierchoski, who is a death penalty qualified attorney, he would appoint a second counsel if a notice to seek the death penalty is filed.

    Pierchoski said a motion for change of venue is being considered by the defense.

    Garner also has been formally charged with aggravated burglary and theft of more than $1,000 in personal property for a crime that occurred in November 2009. A second trial date for these latter charges has not yet been set.

    ( thanks to Pulaski Citizen Newspaper )

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    PULASKI, Tenn. – A man accused of tying a woman up in a closet and leaving her to die in a burning house was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday.

    Robert Wayne Garner was convicted of murder, aggravated arson and theft. A judge also sentenced him to 25 years for aggravated arson which will run consecutively with the life sentence. He was also sentenced to three years for theft, which will run concurrently.

    Investigators said he robbed 61-year-old Brenda Wilburn in her Pulaski home in January 2010. Wilburn's body was discovered among the debris of her burned down home on Hicks Cut Road.

    Detectives believe Garner tied her up, put her in a closet, then set fire to her home.

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